“Thank you so much for making our father’s final days and hours easier and more peaceful. You were all a blessing to him and to all of us. We appreciate the wonderful job you do during a difficult time in people’s lives.”
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.
Patients & Caregivers
Is hospice right for me? How do I get it? Why Comfort Care? Follow these links for some answers and helpful advice.How Can Hospice Help? Do I Qualify? What Is the Benefit of Hospice?
What Those We Help Care For Have To Say
TheJohn P. Family
“It is a blessing in knowing people still care. Thank you so very much for all you have done.”
The Nancy H. Family
“Thank you for your help and love you all gave us during the little time our mom was under your care. I really appreciate the care given to her and it made us feel proud and happy that she was comfortable in her last days here with us.”
“Our RN was both caring and was able to address my concerns. She included me in the decisions for Mom’s care. She was always willing to answer questions. She was always loving and patieint with both Mom and Daddy. Her smile and sense of humor was a beam of sunshine.”
“Your chaplain was wonderful. He visited our home when it seemed our own pastor had forgotten us. We asked him to preach Mom’s funeral which was lovely.”
“Thank you so much for enjoying what you do. I will always remember your cheerfulness, smile and encouraging words. Keep up the good work.”
“Thank you for the taking such wonderful care of our dad. You will never know how much comfort it brought to us to know that he enjoyed your visits.”
“I don’t think I could have done all I was able to do if I didn’t have the support and reassurance from Comfort Care. Your staff became a part of the family and that’s what it’s all about.”
“Thank you so much for all the love and care you have shown my family, but especially the treatment you gave my Pop.”
“Thank you for taking care of my grandparents and for bonding with them.”
“Thank you very much for the care and comfort you have given to our father and family.”
“Thanks so much to the hospice “team” – from the person who answered the telephone when I called to the lovely people who were in our home.”