AseraCare Hospice is looking for that rare volunteer who has a heart of compassion, is not intimidated by the thought of sitting with dying patients, and loves to be out in the middle of the night!
The night-owl vigil volunteer would be a person who an on-call nurse could call to sit with a patient between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM. Did you know - we recently discovered that almost 70% of our deaths in a recent quarter occurred between these hours? Oftentimes the family members who would sit with a patient are elderly, frail, have young families at home, or live far away. In cases where the patient or the family desires accompaniment on the final legs of this journey, we need volunteers to be with them. Volunteers during this time play CDs, read from poetry or the Bible, or simply hold a hand. (Some vigil volunteers report this is a great time to reflect, meditate quietly, read a book, or do homework while performing a wonderful service for a terminally ill patient and their loved ones.)
Out of respect for the grieving process we ask that potential volunteers wait 13 months after the death of a close family member before starting hospice volunteering.
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2- 4 hrs per week after 12 hours training
- TB testing, drug screening