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Amedisys Hospice

Ask any of our patients, and they’ll likely tell you the volunteers who visit them touch their hearts. They look forward to the visits and the compassionate caring volunteers bring.

If you have a passion for caring for others and are looking for a way to make a difference in people’s lives, consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Our volunteers are an important part of our hospice care team, helping improve the quality of life for our patients, their families and their caregivers.

What Does a Hospice Volunteer Do?

The activities you will do as an Amedisys hospice volunteer may be many and varied. From reading at a patient’s bedside and knitting lap blankets, to running errands, providing pet therapy or helping with administrative duties - there's a wide range of possibilities. Common volunteer activities often include:

Activities with patients, like reading and writing letters, playing games, participating in pet therapy, scrapbooking or other crafts - and just plain companionship.

Helping with household activities like running errands, arranging flowers, walking pets or other tasks to help keep things running smoothly.

Provide emotional support for the patient - and the family - such as providing breaks for family and friend caregivers, making spiritual prayer calls, attending funerals and memorial services and offering companionship to loved ones.

What About Training?

Becoming a Hospice Volunteer can feel like a big step, and we’re here to help. That’s why we support all our volunteers with an orientation and training program that helps you know what to do. You’ll learn:

  • How the hospice care team works, and your role in it
  • Helpful hints for being a successful volunteer
  • The psychological, social and spiritual needs of hospice patients
  • How to provide grief and bereavement support
  • Communication skills and managing stress
  • Patient privacy and other regulations
Who Can Volunteer?

It’s our philosophy that Hospice Volunteers are part of our caregiver team. To maintain quality care for our patients and families, we have a few requirements of our hospice volunteers such as a background check, references, and a commitment to serve for 1-4 hours a week for six months.

More opportunities with Amedisys Hospice

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Amedisys Hospice

Location:

920 S. Main St., Blackstone, VA 23824, US

Mission Statement

At Amedisys Hospice we empower our patients to live each day of their lives fully by offering comfort, dignity, and quality of life. Our patient-centered care aims to support patients through a multi-faceted approach: physically, mentally, and psychosocially.

Description

As an organization, we strive to provide the highest level of care possible to our patients and their families. In doing so we have developed programs to address the various needs of those under our care. Most notably our veteran's program and dementia care program.

Our We Honor Veterans Program endeavors to meet the unique challenges faced by those who served in the armed forces. By recognizing their unique contributions, giving them the space and opportunity to give voice to their stories, as well as provide them the socialization and companionship of veteran volunteers. Each year pinning ceremonies take place to honor and uplift these amazing individuals.

Our Dementia Program offers specialized support to our patients. Whether it be the use of condition-specific implements to ease day to day tasks, chart-a-life posters to help document patient narratives and facilitate conversation, or items for use in aiding in calm.

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Blackstone, VA 23824

(37.08043,-77.99722)
 

SKILLS

  • Baking
  • Bereavement Support
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • Housekeeping
  • Music Therapy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-4 hrs every or every other week. Opportunities available in multiple counties in Southern Virginia (James River and below)

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