Hospice uses a multidisciplinary, team-oriented approach that often involves doctors, nurses, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, and trained volunteers. All work together to meet the patient’s needs whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.
At the heart of hospice care are volunteers – trained individuals who provide support and comfort while making the most of their individual and unique abilities. They fill the gap between loved ones and professional caregivers.
The Role of the Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers fulfill a variety of needs that range from direct contact with patients and families to providing office support.
Direct support examples:
- Preparing meals for patients and families, running errands
- Assisting in light household chores such as laundry or gardening
- Playing music for patients to provide a soothing and joyful atmosphere
- Assisting with recording life stories
- Playing cards, watching a TV program or move, talking about hobbies
- Reading, praying, singing, or helping with letter writing
- Sitting with patients to provide respite care, companionship, and a comforting presence
- Sharing a special skill such as musical ability, massage therapy, hair styling, or certified pet therapy
Indirect support examples:
- Mailings, or assembling packets in hospice office
- Bereavement phone calls or telephone support
- Mentoring new volunteers
Become a Trinity Health Hospice Volunteer
If you’re a good listener, have some time, and a spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who are at the end of life, then hospice volunteering might be right for you. No special skills or experience are needed. Volunteers are matched with patients according to their comfort levels and are trained to meet the needs of patients and families.
If you are interested in volunteering for Trinity Health Hospice, please call 701-857-5083.