Experience the spiritual reward that comes from helping others needing hospice care
AngelsGrace Hospice takes a team approach to patient care and family support and volunteers are a critical part of that team. Other members of the hospice team include: a medical director, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers and clergy.
Who can become an AngelsGrace Hospice volunteer?
Hospice volunteers come from all age groups and a variety of cultural, social and professional backgrounds. In general, applicants should be in good physical health, emotionally mature, stable, non-judgmental and have a sincere desire to help.
We encourage volunteers to provide at least three hours of support each week. Volunteers must also be flexible, dependable and devoted to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with a limited life expectancy.
How do volunteers support patients and families at AngelsGrace Hospice?
Volunteers may work directly with patients and their loved ones or help in non-patient areas.
Direct patient care volunteers:
Bereavement volunteers provide support to family members who have lost a loved one. Volunteers may make periodic phone calls to loved ones and may assist with support groups and memorial programs during the year.
Specialty volunteers are certified or specially trained to provide alternative services such as reiki, massage, cosmetology or pet therapy, and can bring those talents to the patient.
Indirect service volunteers:
Typing or other clerical support
Helping with special events and fund raisers
Creating patient comfort items such as handmade bears or prayer shawls
Assisting the hospice volunteer coordinator
Supporting the healing arts program (singers, musicians, arts and crafts)
How do I become a hospice volunteer?
Volunteers must complete a volunteer application, submit to a routine background check, interview with the volunteer coordinator and complete certain medical requirements such as a TB skin test and annual flu vaccination.
Volunteers must complete orientation and a thorough training program that covers aspects of hospice care such as spiritual, physical, emotional, bereavement and psychosocial services.
As part of the training experience, volunteers will shadow seasoned home hospice and AngelsGrace Hospice volunteers. The volunteer coordinator works with each new volunteer to help determine the best fit to assure that patient needs are met and the volunteer has a satisfying and rewarding experience.
Volunteers interested in working in some specialized areas like bereavement and vigil support receive additional training. Ongoing educational opportunities also are available to all hospice volunteers throughout the year.
If you have a sincere desire to help, consider becoming a hospice volunteer. That special touch, those kind words and even the smallest act of caring can be so rewarding.
For more information on hospice volunteer opportunities, please contact the volunteer services department at 262-468-0115 ext. 60134.