Volunteering your Time
Hospice volunteers are extraordinary people who do ordinary things to change lives. They bring their unique talents and skills when they help terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers are an essential part to the hospice team. They stand alongside the professionals and create a caring environment for everyone involved.
How You Can Help
Hospice volunteers show their caring in many ways by visiting the patient and family at home, in the nursing home, or wherever the patient resides.
You can assist by:
- reading books or news
- running errands
- making phone calls
- writing letters
- preparing meals
- being a friend to the family
- follow-up during bereavement
If you are not interested in direct patient contact, there are still many ways in which you can support the hospice team. They include:
- filing and light office work
- answering the phone
- making deliveries
- making bereavement calls
- assisting with community relations activities
What is Required
Many of the hospice volunteers have had first-hand experience with a life-limiting illness either with a family member or close friend. This often helps prepare them for volunteer work by being sensitive and supportive to the family’s needs. All volunteers receive training on:
- the philosophy and goals of Rivercross Hospice
- patient and family rights
- family relationships
- the responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families
- listening and communication skills
- the physical and emotional aspects of death and dying
- spiritual and cultural diversity
- patient confidentiality
After training is completed, volunteers determine the amount of time they would like to commit to hospice work. They can contribute from a couple hours a week to several days in the month. Any and all efforts are appreciated when helping us serve our patients and families.
Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living. By giving of yourself and your time, you can make a difference in someone’s life.
For further information on Rivercross Hospice’s Volunteer Training Program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at: firstname.lastname@example.org.