Families often tell us that hospice volunteers are treasured caregivers. Even if you work behind the scenes, you'll be helping others at a time of great need.
Every volunteer receives free training before choosing their place. Training helps you learn about yourself and how to help others through their hospice journey.
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 are an invaluable resource for those who have lost loved ones, especially for family members without a solid support network.
- Assist with grief support groups
- Coordinate community resources
- Help Bereavement Coordinator with writing letters and making calls
Administrative volunteers assist hospice staff, typically in the office. 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
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 ANGEL Volunteers. These are trained, non-medical volunteers who offer emotional support to the patient and caregiver in the last hours of life. Angel volunteers are a compassionate presence during the last hours of life for hospice patients with only one or no primary caregiver.