Fort Worth Area Hospice Patient Volunteers


Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

5237 N. Riverside DriveSuite 220Fort Worth, TX 76126


About

Direct Volunteers serve both patients and families in the home and/or nursing facilities. Typically, volunteers visit once a week or more, at the volunteers discretion. Activities might include socializing with the patient and/or family, listening to a life review with the patient, reading to or writing for the patient; playing games; running errands; listening to music; doing small household tasks or simply sitting quietly as a presence.

Training classes are offered to provide help in making every visit a good one. An online version may be useful to those unable to attend in-house trainings. A meeting with the Volunteer Coordinator after your initial training would be necessary.

Assignments are made as close to your home/office as possible. Volunteers are given choices of who and where they go.

Some things that a patient volunteer could do:

  • Stay with the patient so the caregiver can go out.
  • Be in the home so the caregiver can sleep.
  • Read to patient.
  • Light Meal Preparation
  • Walk the dog.
  • Make telephone calls.
  • Write letters.
  • Errands
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Pick Up Prescriptions
  • Listen
  • Provides practical help and emotional support to terminally ill patients and their families.
  • Make regular home visits to offer friendship and diversion.
  • Serves as a willing and sensitive listener.
  • Facilitates communication between the patient, the patient's family, friends and other caregivers.
  • Provides respite for the caregiver.
  • Assists the patient and family in preparing for death, and for funeral and after-death arrangements.
  • LISTEN, one of the most important things to do for a patient. Listening also gives clues as to what to ask about......

Skills

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 visit per week
  • TB Test
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