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ORGANIZATION: Hospice of the Chesapeake

Position Summary

Vigil Volunteers provide a calm, supportive presence to patients, caregivers and staff.

Responsibilities & Functions

* Arrive on time for scheduled visits; have positive interaction with those receiving service
* Complete volunteer visit progress notes within 24 hours of each visit
* Attend at least one in-service training session annually
* Complete all required documentation annually (HIPAA/Patient Rights/PPD/Flu Shot)
* Contact Hospice of the Chesapeake Triage immediately to report: incidents, uncontrolled pain, breathing
problems, falls or any other concerns
* When requested by patient/family or staff:
* May sit vigil with a patient who is actively dying providing emotional support to patient and loved ones present at bedside


Establish and maintain good rapport with Hospice of Charles County staff, volunteers, patients, and their families
Volunteers Supervised: None

Minimum Position Qualifications

Minimum education:
Hospice of Charles County Patient Care Training and completion of vigil training class
Required licensure/certification:
None required
Minimum experience:
None required
Skills required:
Dependability, flexibility, good listener, open-minded and non-judgmental, ability to remain calm under stressful conditions and understanding of hospice philosophy
Physical demands:
Can be emotional, stressful
Equipment needed:
Access to an automobile, personal protective equipment (PPE)
Working conditions:
May be exposed to infectious and contagious agents. Travel and home visits may be require

Roles, Responsibilities, Expectations

As a Medicare-certified hospice, we are mandated to include Volunteers as an important part of our organization. We are required to have at least 5% of our patient service hours provided by Volunteers.

Every year our Volunteers provide thousands of hours of service for our patients. The value of time is priceless in the eyes of our patients and their families.

Volunteer tasks can be patient related or non-patient related.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity or other positions within our Volunteer Department, please contact a member of our team at 301-861-5316 or through email at

To learn more about Hospice of Charles County, you can visit our website at

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About Hospice of the Chesapeake


John & Cathy Belcher Campus, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122, US

Mission Statement

Caring for life throughout the journey with illness and loss.


Hospice of the Chesapeake was founded in 1979 provides physical, psycho-social, spiritual and grief support to patients and families living with an advanced illness or those suffering the loss of a loved one.


Health & Medicine
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


2505 Davis RoadWaldorf, MD 20603



  • Elder care
  • Patient Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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