Volunteers are the heart and soul of hospice. There are two types of volunteers
Patient Care Volunteers are part of a patient’s care team. They make home visits to offer companionship for patients and relief for caregivers. Examples of patient care volunteer opportunities include reading to the patient, assisting with a hobby, listening, running errands, or grocery shopping.
Organizational Volunteers do not work directly with patients and families. Examples of organizational volunteer opportunities include work in Cadence Hospice’s office to support our care team or help patients and families through indirect support, such as assisting with programs, creating special memories for holidays, patient birthdays and anniversaries, planting flowers or mowing a yard for a patient that is unable to continue doing so, and helping with other needs of our patients and families.
One of the greatest gifts you can give... is your time
It’s hard to face serious illness. It can be scary, stressful and expensive, but Cadence Hospice is here when you need help caring for yourself or your loved one. Hospice has helped those with serious, life-limiting illnesses manage their pain and symptoms in the comfort of their own home or wherever their home is.
|Volunteer Job||Description||Time Commitment||Training Required|
|Patient and Family Care and Support||Volunteers are matched with a hospice patient and family to provide a variety of supportive services.||Usually about 3-4 hours a week.||20 hours Direct Services Training|
|Organizational Support||Volunteers help with the operation of the hospice program. Job opportunities may include: assisting with mailings, data entry, helping with health fairs, speakers’ bureau, baking and clerical work.||As desired by Volunteer. Opportunities to help come intermittently throughout year.||Hospice 101|
|Hospice Helpers||Volunteers who do specific, one-time assignments for patients such as baking, sewing, gardening, cleaning, etc.||Varies according to the task.||Hospice 101|
|11th Hour Volunteers||Volunteers who are on standby to sit with patients who are near death at home, in nursing homes and hospitals.||Assignments are infrequent but usually require 4-8 hours at the time of the assignment.||20 hours Direct Services Training|
|HTV—Hospice Teen Volunteers||Volunteers are at least a high school freshmen.||Varies according to assignments.||20 hours Direct Services Training|
|Hospice Liaisons||Represent hospice to their church or workplace to help with information distribution and referrals.||1 -2 hours per month||1 1/2 hour class and periodic meetings|
Hospice 101 is a brief introductory class for organizational volunteers, and hospice helpers. The class is also open to anyone who is interested in learning about hospice.
Direct Service Training is a 20 hour program for patient support and 11th hour volunteers, it is also open to anyone who is interested in learning more about hospice.
For information about hospice volunteer opportunities,
contact Cadence Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.