How We Help
Hospice volunteers are trained to help provide the following services to clients.
- Empathetic listening
- Respite (a break for caregivers)
- Emotional support
- Grief support
- Awareness of end of life issues
- Support a dignified death
- Client volunteers visit with patients and their families, often to give the primary caregiver a break. Volunteers allow patients to take the lead during visits. They are willing to chat or to listen; to read to someone or listen to music; or do almost any light task the patient or caregiver requests. Sometimes a volunteer might simply sit quietly while a patient sleeps in the next room, or talk with family members who just need a listening ear. Volunteers also may shop for groceries or run errands for the patient and caregiver.
- Client volunteers are experienced volunteers who sit in shifts with actively dying patients who have no family members present, or when requested. They might read for the patient, or play soothing music or simply be there as a caring presence.
- Bereavement volunteers provide direct and indirect support to the bereaved. They might provide telephone support, assemble mailings, assist with bereavement support groups, or help with memorial services.
Where do we help?
- At hospital
- In home
- In nursing home
- Over the phone
Our trained volunteers provide understanding and friendship by helping people live with dignity and hope while coping with grief and end of life issues.