Become a Hospice Volunteer with VNASC
If you’re looking for a local volunteer opportunity, consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Our volunteers act as an important bridge between the families and loved ones of a patient and the professional caregivers.
What skills/training do I need to volunteer?
Our volunteers go through a training program that helps them prepare to work with hospice patients. They work to assist the patient and family. Part of being a successful hospice volunteer includes:
- A spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who are on the end-of-life journey
- Respect for all ways of life, cultural customs, and religious views
- Keen understanding of personal limits
- The ability to listen and be comfortable in silence
Effective hospice volunteers recognize that their role is one of compassionate service. The presence and service of hospice volunteers is targeted towards providing patients, caregivers, and families with the most comfortable and compassionate end-of-life experience possible.
They are unpaid, yet priceless.
Many volunteers have been former family members of those VNASC has cared for and are now motivated to provide the same compassionate care that they received during a difficult time. Wherever your talents lie, the VNASC has a place for you.
What will I do as a hospice volunteer?
VNASC volunteers may assist the agency in a number of ways:
- Working directly with patients and families by providing individual patient support.
- Providing caregiver respite to allow the primary caregiver some time to run errands, go to doctors appointments, etc.
- Assist with bereavement care.
- Assist with office work such as mailings, or helping with special events.
- Be 18+ years of age
- Complete an interview with the Volunteer Coordinator
- Attend six to nine hours of training classes
- Allow the VNA to obtain your Criminal Background Report
- Provide the VNA with a signed Physicians Health Statement
- Receive a TB test (administered at no cost by VNA)
- Have a valid driver’s license or ID card
- Provide proof of current auto insurance
- Commit to one to four hours per week of patient care volunteer service for a minimum of one year.
One More Reason to Volunteer
The federal government requires that 5 percent of the care a hospice patient receives be provided by volunteers in order for the hospice organization to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement [Source: Hospice Foundation of America]. The hospice movement began as a group of dedicated volunteers. Today, volunteers remain an essential part of our program.
Do you know someone who would make an amazing volunteer? Please share!