Patients and families often tell us that hospice volunteers are a treasure. Even if you work behind the scenes, you'll be helping others at a time of great need.
Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Ways to help include:
- Friendly visits
- Reading to patients
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands
- Writing letters
- Meal preparation
Bereavement volunteers are an invaluable resource for those who have lost loved ones, especially for family members without a solid support network.
- Visit with the bereaved in person or by phone
- Assist with grief support groups
- Coordinate community resources
- Help Bereavement Coordinator with mailings and calls
Administrative volunteers assist hospice staff, typically in the office. Ways to help include:
- Copying, faxing, filing and other light office work
- Sending birthday cards, sympathy cards, thinking of you cards
- Making deliveries
Compassus is proud to participate in the We Honor Veterans program. Many of our locations provide trained veteran volunteers who offer camaraderie and compassionate care for fellow veterans. Our veteran-to-veteran volunteers understand the unique needs of veterans because they ARE veterans.
Some local programs have 11th Hour / Vigil Volunteers. These are trained, non-medical volunteers who offer emotional support to patients and caregivers in the last hours of life. 11th Hour / Vigil volunteers are a compassionate presence during the last hours of life for hospice patients, in private homes or in facilities.
We welcome other specialized volunteers to provide services to our patients, such as:
- Reiki practitioners
- Massage Therapists
- Pet Therapy Teams
- Art Therapists
- Music Therapists
- Hair Stylists
For all of these supplementary volunteer services, the volunteers must be certified or licensed.