Hospice volunteers offer terminally ill patients and their families comfort, support, and companionship during a patient's most challenging days. The gift of a volunteer's presence provides patients with an awareness that they are cared for and are not alone. Families and patients express their deep appreciation for the selfless contributions of the many volunteers who visit their loved ones.
Hospice volunteers primarily offer support and a caring presence to patients and their families. Many volunteers also offer companionship and comfort. Respite is provided by volunteers for caregivers to run errands, attend activities, or get some rest.
Some volunteer activities include engaging patients/families in friendly conversation, running errands, light housekeeping, and playing cards/board games. Volunteers may choose to use their own unique talents such as singing, sewing, cooking, or handy-man experience to help out with the needs of our patients.
Besides providing direct care for our patients, hospice volunteers can get involved with educating the public about hospice and its services by handing out information. Volunteers can also help with fundraising efforts and general office duties.
Any person age 18 or older may join our hospice team to offer services to patients in their homes or in nursing homes. Volunteers simply need a caring heart and a willingness to serve.
Our volunteer training program will provide you with an awareness of patient's needs and prepares you to participate with the hospice team. Our training program at Hospice of Northeast Missouri is flexible and can work with your schedule.