Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice team, filling roles that range from patient support to playing music. Don’t underestimate the power of a smile, a caring word, or a small act of kindness. Volunteers provide support to patients and families through direct care or administrative duties.
1. Visiting with patients and/or families
Something as simple as talking, playing cards, or reading a book can make a big difference in someone’s life.
2. Providing temporary relief to caregivers
Family members are often the main caregivers for patients outside of their hospice care team, so volunteers can assist them by staying with the patient and giving them a chance to run errands, assist with household duties, or take time to rest.
3. Life reviews
Volunteers can help patients capture and reflect on their memories for a recorded history their families will treasure.
4. Playing music or singing
Our talented volunteers make everyone’s day when they share the gift of music with our patients.
5. Provide pet companionship
Many agencies have trained volunteers with certified pets that bring patients joy, companionship, and stress relief.
6. Crafting and special projects
Whether it’s memory pillows or walker totes, what we make is never as important as the process of making it together
7. Food for the Soul
Volunteer “celebration bakers” make sure there is plenty of sweetness to enjoy at birthdays and special occasions.
8. Sitting vigil
Sometimes the best gift you can give is your presence. These volunteers make sure patients nearing the end are never alone.
9. Administrative assistance
Providing administrative support to our team allows them to focus on the families we serve. This may include filing, answering phones, organizational tasks, or even helping setup for community events.
10. Professional Assistance
Share your professional talents with patients and families. This includes hairstylists, attorneys, massage therapists, and other professionals.