Requirements for Hospice Volunteers

1. Training

All volunteers receive training at a local office. We'll also request a background check.

  • The goals and philosophy of hospice care
  • The responsibilities and duties of caring for patients and their families
  • The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of death and dying
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Patient and family rights
  • Family relationships
  • Spiritual and cultural diversity
  • Patient confidentiality

2. Time commitment

After completing training, volunteers determine how much time they can commit to hospice work. Whether giving as few as two hours a month or six hours a week, all efforts are appreciated and much needed.

Quietly sitting with patients is sometimes all that's needed to offer comfort to patients.

Dale Willis