Volunteer Services are an integral component to our Hospice team’s approach to patient care and family support. A volunteer’s presence is often just the right resource for hospice patients and families.
We’re pleased to have many talented volunteers who serve our patients and families. Some are able to assist by providing massage, pet therapy or music as a therapeutic activity. We have several Volunteers who perform Reiki treatments to assist with comfort and relaxation. Volunteers can provide many services that may be beneficial for patients and families. Services may include:
Social Support – Providing help with errands and visitations.
Companionship – Participating in fun activities with residents, such as, reading, writing, listening to music, visiting and talking or playing games.
Respite time – Keeping families’ loved ones busy so they can have their personal time to catch up on events and appointments.
How Volunteers Can Help
Our Hospice volunteers provide friendly company to:
- Reminisce about family members and life experiences
- Read books, letters, magazines, newspapers or scriptural text
- Listen to music
- Watch TV or movies
- Enjoy games or puzzles
- Share quiet presence or companionship
- Pray or participate in religious events
- Run errands
- Wrapping or delivering gifts
- Writing correspondence
- Preparing light meals or snacks
- Gardening or caring for plants
- Performing light household chores
- Decorating for the holidays
- Entertaining grandchildren
Hospice families may sometimes need to go out for personal appointments or social events, and want a volunteer to provide:
- Gentle presence
- Social support