Volunteering is a fulfilling and immensely rewarding experience. Volunteers play a vital role in hospice care organizations.
There are essentially two different types of hospice volunteers, Direct Patient Volunteers and Administrative Volunteers. Direct Patient Volunteers are just what the name says, they are those who work directly with the patient or their family for care. Administrative volunteers are those who are typically in the background, assisting with the needs of the hospice organization and assisting hospice in accomplishing its mission and goals.
If you choose to become a patient care volunteer, you are most likely to spend a majority of your time with hospice patients. You may be expected to travel to a destination where your patient lives--this could be their home, long term care facility or nursing home.
As we have an unprecedented growth in seniors today, there is a huge need for caregivers to support patients and families during very stressful times of their lives.
There are various other specialty areas to volunteer with hospice patients such as:
Another important role in hospice is that of the administrative volunteer. They are responsible for assisting with a number of tasks such as