Volunteers are fundamental to the success of hospice. These caring individuals extend the reach of hospice employees, creating the opportunity to do more for more patients and their families. Volunteer possibilities are endless, ranging from visiting with a patient to office work to running errands to helping patients achieve a final goal.
Patient Support Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Ways to help include:
- Friendly visits
- Writing letters
- Reading to patients
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands
- Meal preparation
- Hair care
Bereavement Volunteers support families and friends of deceased patients. During the grieving process, the volunteer is an invaluable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network. Ways to help include:
- Assist with grief support groups
- Coordinate community resources
- Help Bereavement Coordinator with writing letters and making calls
Administrative volunteers typically work in the office with staff or with community groups. Ways to help include:
- Typing, filing and other light office work
- Sending birthday cards, sympathy cards and bereavement notes
- Assisting at community workshops
- Coordinating support services
- Making deliveries
Interested in volunteering? The many ways to help include hands-on help, event support or office work. Open the Compassus Volunteering information page.
Compassus provides a continuum of home-based services including home health, infusion therapy, palliative and hospice care. Nearly 6,000 colleagues in 200 locations and 30 states provide high-quality care and manage patients’ advanced illnesses in partnership with health systems and long-term care partners. The Compassus brand promise, Care for who I am, reflects its unique care delivery model, which focuses on each person as an individual as well as a patient, to improve their quality of life in a meaningful way.