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Hospice Volunteer: A Special Kind of Caring

Before you say, “I can’t do that; it takes a really special person,” read more. There are many options! After talking to staff, volunteers often realize, “I can do that!” Utilizing your unique talents and strengths, you bring a special gift to patients and their families in hospice.

  • Volunteers are valued members of the hospice team. They are able to use their own skills and talents to enhance the lives of others.
  • Hospice volunteers may work directly with patients and support families or caregivers – by listening, preparing a meal, giving a ride, or doing one-on-one activities.
  • Being a hospice volunteer provides an opportunity to give back to your community in a meaningful way.
  • Hospice care is provided to people at the end stages of life with an emphasis on pain and symptom management rather than curative measures.
  • Pope County Hospice was established in 1984. The name changed to Glacial Ridge Hospice in October 2009 and remains a vital part of Glacial Ridge Health System.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are hospice volunteers?

Teens to seniors. Men and women. People who volunteer are people who care. For some people, this may be directly helping someone in need. But it may also be helping at a hospice event such as the annual Riding for a Cause. Volunteers help both the patient and their caregiver(s). The time you give is based on your schedule and is completely flexible. How you give is based on your comfort level – you can provide one on one care or help behind the scenes. If you recently lost a loved one, we do encourage you to wait at least one year before becoming a volunteer.

Can I do the job? Absolutely!

Here are a few more ideas to consider:

  • Pet therapy or help care for a pet
  • Music therapy
  • Massage
  • Read to, listen to, companionship
  • Caregiver care – provide a break
  • Assist with childcare
  • Run errands, do light chores
  • Assist with fundraising/events
  • Provide professional services
  • Crochet prayer shawls

What training is needed?

We provide training to all volunteers to help ensure you feel prepared and confident. The training includes Medicare requirements, the philosophy of hospice, end-of-life stages,  grief, loss, and bereavement. All volunteers are given an opportunity to shadow or work alongside another volunteer, social worker, or pastor.

Speak to Pastor Katrina About the Opportunity

Click a button below, and Pastor Katrina will get in contact with you. She is your main contact; other homecare and hospice staff are here to support you!