Hospice Volunteers

Hospice volunteers offer terminally ill patients and their families comfort, support and companionship.

What Does a Hospice Volunteer Do?

Hospice volunteers can choose to do any number of things, including:

  • Visit patients to provide companionship and support
  • Caregiver respite-provide the caregiver a personal break by sitting with patient and allowing caregiver free time to spend as they wish
  • Provide grief support to families after the loss of loved one
  • Use special talents such as quilting, crafting, etc. to create gifts for patients
  • Administrative duties to assist the hospice team
  • Record the story of a patient’s life
  • Help patients journal their life and experiences
  • Engage patients through reading books or playing simple card and board games
  • Play an instrument for or sing to/with patients
  • Deliver flowers to patient/families
  • Telephone support (from your own home)
  • Support fundraising efforts

Who Can Volunteer?

Caring individuals age 18 and older, who have:

  • Submitted a completed application
  • Passed a criminal background check
  • Completed hospital orientation
  • Passed a TB skin test
  • Completed our training program

What is covered in the training?

  • History and philosophy of hospice
  • Patient /family dynamics
  • Communication skills
  • Grief and bereavement 
  • Death and dying/spiritual awareness Safety
  • Physical aspects of dying
  • The role of the volunteer

How Can I Become a Hospice Volunteer?

If you have questions, please call 434-517-3058.

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