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Inpatient Unit Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: VITAS Healthcare of Houston

  • 64 people are interested

Assist Hospice Patients in an Inpatient Setting

VITAS Volunteers give their time to terminally ill patients and their families in a hospital type setting. Volunteers are needed to: visit with patients and families, serve patients at mealtime,
read books out loud to patients or visiting children, write letters or play games with patients and/or families, offer spiritual support, provide friendly support with your certified pet, sing or play music for patients and their families, manage the patient care activity cart and help with administrative duties.

The VITAS IPU is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Volunteers generally help by providing support during a 2 to 4-hour shift.

VITAS provides free volunteer orientation on how to work with people at the end of life. Volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to terminally ill patients and their family caregivers. Assignments are made according to the volunteer’s work and family schedules.

For more information about VITAS Volunteer Services visit https://www.vitas.com/volunteer.

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About VITAS Healthcare of Houston

Location:

3131 Eastside St., Suite 200, Houston, TX 77098, US

Mission Statement

We are a growing family of hospices providing the highest quality human services, products and case management to terminally ill and other appropriate patients and their families with measurable advantages for the patient, the family, the medical community, the employee and the stockholder VITAS Vision - For over 30 years, VITAS has advocated for the rights of terminally ill patients and their families. We believe that patients should be apprised of their clinical prognosis and be involved in the decision-making process that determines how their end-of-life care is provided.

Description

The hospice care team is a group of specially trained healthcare professionals who ensure that a hospice patient’s last few months, weeks or days are lived in comfort and dignity. The members of this interdisciplinary team include a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer and bereavement specialist. Hospice team members make sure that patients under their care are comfortable, free from pain and able to maintain the highest possible quality of life. They visit the patient wherever the patient calls home-a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home.
Volunteers fill the gap between loved ones and professional caregivers. Hospice volunteers are trained to meet the needs of patients and families. They visit on a schedule, yet are open to change as dictated by the patient's health and interests. They are unpaid, yet priceless. Because hospice patients have unique end-of-life needs, VITAS seeks volunteers from all backgrounds, experiences and cultures. We’re particularly interested in volunteers who understand the hospice philosophy and who embrace the importance of quality of life at the end of life.

Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare(r), providing friendly, non-medical support to hospice patients and their family or offering support services in the office. We are seeking caring and compassionate individuals to volunteer for our patients in their homes or in nursing facilities in your community throughout the Houston and surrounding areas.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Seniors
Women
Animals, Seniors, Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

10450 Gosling RoadThe Woodlands, TX 77381

(30.17013,-95.50294)
 

SKILLS

  • Administrative Support
  • Animal Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Patient Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Music Therapy

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training

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