The presence and contribution of volunteers as a core part of the team distinguishes hospice care from other health care services.
Who are hospice volunteers?
Hospice volunteers are people from our community; men and women, young and old, college students and retirees, from all walks of life. They do share a common bond– an unselfish desire to give of their time to improve the end-of-life experiences of individuals and their loved ones dealing with a life-limiting illness. No medical training or medical background is necessary, nor is any prior experience with hospice.
What do hospice volunteers do?
Our hospice volunteers spend time with patients and their loved ones. They provide caregiver relief, companionship, run errands, and provide supportive services. They work alongside paid staff in every area including home care, inpatient, bereavement, spiritual support and administration.
11th Hour Program
A specially trained group of hospice volunteers, called 11th Hour Vigil Volunteers, sit with patients and their families during the last hours of life to ensure that no one needs to die alone.
Hospice Volunteer Training
Volunteers complete a 30-hour certified training program. The training covers various aspects of hospice care including: an exploration of end-of-life issues, the dying process, grief and loss, communication, spirituality, psychosocial issues, symptom control, physical care of the dying, and self care. Our volunteers additionally
complete 16 hours of training in our inpatient unit where, under supervision, they put to use the skills learned in the classroom.
Download our Hospice Volunteer Brochure