Be a Hospice Volunteer

Over 400,000 hospice volunteers work in hospices throughout the United States, and are important members of the interdisciplinary team consisting of hospice physicians, nurses, aides, social workers, and chaplains that cares for the patient and their families/caregivers.

Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Some of our volunteers were introduced to hospice through the death of a family member and understand firsthand the value of hospice care, but most of our volunteers are new to hospice. Volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living.

If you are looking for a way to really make a difference in someone’s life, we hope you will consider becoming a Camellia Hospice Volunteer. Our volunteers range in age from teens to senior citizens. Volunteer opportunities at Camellia are limitless, and our volunteers choose the areas and services in which they would like to participate, and how much time they want to devote to volunteering.

At Camellia, we strive to constructively utilize the time and talents of those who answer the call to serve. Some volunteers may have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just people who want to help their friends and neighbors and serve the community. Some of the wide range of opportunities available for local hospice volunteers can include:

  • Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music and assisting with pets.
  • Respite and support for family members. Volunteers can assist with shopping or household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.
  • Child care assistance. This can include help with babysitting, picking up children from school or providing necessary transportation to club meetings or sporting events. Volunteers have also made invaluable contributions with family pet care needs.
  • Bereavement support programs. Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s professional bereavement staff in duties that range from assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments and helping with mailings to clients and families.
  • Administrative work. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties that can range from filing and answering telephones to preparing mailings or thank you letters.

To speak with one of our hospice professionals about our hospice program or one of our Volunteer Coordinators, contact Camellia Home Health and Hospice at 1-800-783-8691. To view a brochure on becoming a hospice volunteer, click here. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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