By Sandra Huster, Director, Volunteer and Community Relations, Covenant Care
One cannot overstate the value of hospice volunteers enhancing the care of patients with a life-limiting illness. Hospice volunteering allows exceptional, caring individuals to use their education, experiences, gifts and skills to help provide patients, caregivers and families with the most peaceful and comfortable end-of-life experience possible.
In addition to their intrinsic value, Medicare-certified hospice programs are federally mandated to integrate hospice volunteers into administrative or patient services. Hospice organizations are required to demonstrate total number of volunteer-service hours equal at least 5% of total patient-care hours provided by hospice employees and contract staff.
Bringing comfort to those on the end-of-life journey requires a heart of compassion and a desire to serve. These volunteers are often provided with training to prepare them for opportunities to assist patients, caregivers, and families, whether directly or indirectly:
Direct-Care Volunteer Opportunities
Indirect-Care Volunteer Opportunities
– Building wheelchair ramps
– Doing yard work
– Cooking and baking
– Crafting or sewing
While hospice volunteers have a tremendous impact on the lives of others, the volunteers themselves commonly report a greater appreciation for what is truly important, acceptance of death as a part of life, understanding of diverse cultures and life perspectives, and a sense of fulfillment in contributing to the community.
To learn about volunteer opportunities and training dates, please visit www.choosecovenant.org/volunteers.