Many of us have experienced a loss in our lives - a sibling, a parent, a grandparent, a child.
Think back on that time - who supported you? Who provided love and compassion to you and your family member? Who made certain you had what you needed, listened while you cried, passed you a tissue, held your hand? Who seemed to know just what to do to make your family member feel a little bit better? Who helped you or them forget their illness for a short time?
For our patients and families with Kindred Hospice - the answer to those questions could be you.
Kindred Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide companionship and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families in your community.
Patient Visit Volunteers provide conversation, leisure activities or a quiet, caring presence. You may also use your education and/or area of expertise to aide our patients and program. Assignments can include art therapy, music therapy and pet therapy. You can reminiscence and use life review techniques such as recording oral histories, storytelling and scrap-booking. Tell us how you would like to share your skills, talents and ideas.
Patient Visit Volunteers may also provide the opportunity for respite to caregivers when a patient resides at home, allowing a caregiver to take time away to care for him/herself.
Volunteers with Kindred Hospice are an important part of a larger team who recognize that psychological, spiritual, and social services, as well as medical/clinical care, can contribute to an improved life quality for patients in the last stages of life. We offer an extensive orientation and ongoing volunteer support.
We serve patients and their families wherever they call home, in a wide range of communities, and will likely offer volunteer opportunities and training close to your home. We ask our volunteers to commit to 2-8 hours of volunteering per month, with flexible schedules. No prior experience is required - only a caring heart and a desire to make a difference to those we serve.
Because we know the first year of grieving can be difficult, we ask volunteers to wait a full year after the death of a close family member before applying for this role.
We ask volunteers to be able to commit to 2-8 hours a month for a full year, and be willing to get a background check and physical. Orientation and ongoing training will be provided.
We look forward to meeting you as the newest member of our volunteer team!