Today there are almost 500,000 caring individuals serving as hospice volunteers across the United States. Serving as valued members of the hospice care team, volunteers enhance the patient and family experience by helping meet specific needs. Volunteers give their time and compassion to patients and families dealing with end-of-life care needs as well as assisting with administrative office needs and bereavement support. Hospice Partners relies on our volunteers to assist us in delivering exceptional end-of-life care.
Volunteers range in age from teens to senior citizens. Some volunteers come to hospice as part of their high school or college course requirements. Some individuals experienced the benefits of hospice through the loss of a loved one and now want to give back through serving others during this difficult time. Some volunteers have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just empathetic people who want to help and serve their community. The most important characteristics of volunteers for Hospice of America are an empathetic heart, a desire to help others and a big smile! Hospice Partners welcomes all who want to help us serve patients and families during this most difficult time.
Hospice volunteers can dedicate as little or as much time as they wish. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month. Some hospice volunteers prefer to offer services on an as-needed basis. All volunteers will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one discussion with our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss their interests and availability.
All hospice volunteers receive training to ensure that they feel comfortable performing their requested/assigned care activities. Listed below are examples of common hospice volunteer duties:
You determine the amount of time you can provide, but generally it is between two and six hours of support per patient visit.
Bereavement Support Activities
These activities are typically performed by telephone from the hospice office. Bereavement Support volunteers may provide as little as one hour of service or up to four or more hours of bereavement support.
Office Support/Non-Direct Care Support
Volunteer Wish List
Listed below are a few special service areas where volunteers are particularly needed: