Hospice and volunteerism share strong common roots. The first hospice was founded by a group of volunteers committed to making an impact in the community. Volunteers play an essential role in hospice care and make vital contributions to patients and families.
Strong Common Roots
When you become a volunteer, we will provide you with a detailed orientation to the hospice program, so you will fully understand our caring philosophy and goals and have the skills needed to assist patients and their families. We offer several opportunities to get involved.
Patient & Family Volunteers
Assigned to patients in their own homes, these volunteers provide practical help to overburdened families by allowing family members to have time off to attend to their own needs. This leaves family members refreshed and able to attend to their loved one, improving the overall quality of care for the patient. These volunteers offer emotional support, companionship and perform a wide range of household tasks, including running errands and transportation. Volunteers help celebrate special occasions and share times of joy or sadness with the patient and family members. This support means so much to both to the patient, the family, and to the professional hospice care team.
Volunteering in an office setting is very important to the Faith and Family Hospice. Help is needed in answering telephones, data input, filing, records transcription, computer help, mailings and other general office assistance.
These tasks are critical and valuable to facilitate providing exceptional hospice care for patients in our care.
Following the death of the hospice patient, counseling services are still available for up to 13 months. This can include bereavement and spiritual counseling. Volunteers may serve grieving family members by organizing and/or facilitating group bereavement sessions for both adults, teens and children. Volunteers are also needed to help with memorial services in a variety of ways.
Vigil Care Volunteer
Vigil Care volunteers help during a very sensitive and solemn time in the hospice continuum by offering support when patients are actively dying. While families most often request privacy at this challenging time, there are times when they ask for volunteers to give family members time for themselves in order to reflect, eat, rest or simply take a break. It is comforting for family members to know that their loved one is not alone.