What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?
CompassionCare Hospice volunteers provide support and care to individuals with a terminal illness and their families. Volunteers provide companionship and emotional support while respecting the individual’s rights to privacy and autonomy.
The volunteer can provide care and comfort on a physical, emotional, social, and spiritual level. The volunteer can provide assistance with various tasks and can also provide much needed social interaction.
Patient Support: Volunteers visit with the patient in the home to provide support and respite so that caregivers or family member can run errands and carry on the tasks of normal living. This allows the caregiver to focus on their own needs for a while.
Companionship/Socialization: Volunteers often make meaningful connections with our patients and their families. Volunteers can read to the patient, write letters, play cards or games, work puzzles, watch television with the patient and listen to music or taped recordings of stories with the patient to provide a therapeutic presence.
As the patient becomes less mobile, social contact for the patient and family can be increasingly difficult to access. The volunteer’s role is to bring the caring interaction to the patient.
Emotional Support: The volunteer listens to the patient or family, validating and supporting their feelings
Certified Therapy Dogs: Our pet therapy program provides companionship to our patients and their families. There is nothing like the presence of a dog or cat to bring a sense of normalcy to a patient who is no longer able to care for their own pets.
Aroma Therapy: doTerra essential oils are used by the volunteer to provide comfort and relaxation. They are simple, safe solutions that enhance well-being.
Music Therapy: CompassionCare Hospice is lucky to have volunteers who are talented flute and guitar players. Many volunteers also sing with the patients or provide seasonal caroling.
Spiritual Care: Chaplain Volunteers provide spiritual support, faith tradition referrals, and end-of-life support to patients and families.
*NOTE: Specific volunteer services might not be available at the time of request. Volunteers do not transport patients, accept compensation, or function as a primary care person.