Become a Hospice Volunteer
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Hospice volunteers make up a critical component of the hospice team. Volunteers help patients and families providing additional support. There are two types of volunteers. Patient Volunteers visit with patients and provide support to them and to their caregivers. Other volunteers provide additional support to patients and families.

Why consider becoming a Volunteer?

Volunteering is a Gift of self, of time, of caring
Volunteering is an investment of talent, of skill, of experience
Volunteering is an opportunity to learn, to help, to grow.

What do Patient Volunteers do?

  • Visit with patient and family
  • Sit with patients and provide non-medical care to give caregivers a break
  • Offer comfort to the patient and family
  • Listen to stories and memories
  • Help write letters/cards
  • Read aloud to patients
  • Play cards or games with patient
  • Help with housekeeping or yard work
  • Share the memories hopes and dreams of the patient and family
  • Provide bereavement phone calls and support

What do Other Volunteers do?

  • Make crafts for patients
  • Attend special events
  • Help with projects
  • Address cards and letters
  • Assist in answering the phone
  • Send out surveys
  • Recruit other volunteers

Companions Volunteer Vigil Team

To be a companion is to be present with someone on their journey.

Companions don’t walk ahead to lead, nor do they follow behind. Companions walk side by side and share life’s journey.

At Comfort Care we believe one of the greatest gifts we can offer patients is a companion to keep vigil with them during their final hours. The Comfort Care Companion program is a special service staffed by trained volunteers who are dedicated to the mission of being present to the dying and offering comfort and compassion.

What does it take to become a Comfort Care Companion Volunteer Vigil Team Member

  • A compassionate heart
  • Maturity and dependability
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completion of the application process
  • Participation in volunteer orientation
  • Vigil team training
  • Ability to work 2 to 4 hour shifts
  • Ability to provide own transportation
  • Availability on short notice
  • Maintain patient confidentiality
  • Communicate with hospice staff concerning the status of their patient
  • Submit written reports of volunteer service.