- What is Hospice?
- Who can refer?
- Choices in care
- Who is Eligible?
- Business Side of Hospice
- Profit vs. Not-For-Profit Hospice
- Misconceptions About Hospice
- What is Covered Under Hospice?
- Bereavement Support
- Hospice In A Care Setting
- Who Pays for Hospice?
- Why Hearts for Hospice?
- Who Provides Care?
Volunteering is very rewarding. As a volunteer, you can make a difference in another person’s life. You’ll feel a sense of accomplishment by improving the quality of life of someone at the end of life. You can also establish meaningful relationships with patients, their families and our hospice team.
How can you help patients and families?
- Listening as a patient shares memories, feelings, fears
- Filling in to give a family caregiver a short, needed break
- Making supportive calls and visits to bereaved family members and friends
- Telephoning patients and families to offer reassurance and comfort
- Providing administrative support in the Heart for Hospice office
- Running errands, performing light housekeeping chores
- Visiting lonely patients in nursing homes
- Reading, playing games, listening to music
- Taking a patient on an outing
Specialty volunteers provide massage, play music and bring their pets to visit. We have volunteer opportunities for those who are homebound, including craft projects. Students find many opportunities to gain valuable experience while meeting their school’s requirements.
All Hearts for Hospice volunteers receive comprehensive training that includes the Hearts for Hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, and grief and loss education. We then match your talents and interests with available volunteer roles.