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Caring volunteers are an important part of the hospice team. After thorough training, volunteers work with patients and families. They may sit with the patient to give the family a needed break, offer the caregiver emotional support or run errands. They may serve in many ways, but they may best be described as “good friends and neighbors”.
Other volunteers help in the hospice office. Professionals like pharmacists, registered nurses and licensed practical nurses, beauticians, or educators can offer their expertise to patients with special needs.
Regular training sessions are offered. Call the Hospice office for more information on participating in this program by calling 606-432-2112 or 606-789-3841.
What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?
Appalachian Hospice Care offers hospice volunteer opportunities that allow you to choose a role in which you feel comfortable and fulfilled. Opportunities may include:
· Administrative Duties
· Alternative/complementary Care or Massage
· Art & Music Enrichment
· Bereavement Duties
· Spiritual Care
· And more.
“Is Hospice Volunteering for Me?
Hospice volunteers need to know that hospice work takes its toll. You become friends with people who are going to die, and with the people who love them. You must be able to sit quietly, take a back seat to the events taking place around you, be a calming presence when that is called for. You need to be a guest, an observer, a facilitator.
As a hospice volunteer, you need to:
· Commit the time to volunteer orientation
· Be dependable
· Be patient
· Be a listener, and comfortable in silence
· Know your strengths, your limits, and when to say no
· Be non-judgmental
· Accept that needs can be physical, emotional and/or spiritual
· Respect all beliefs, all religious customs and all who lack them
Does Appalachian Hospice Care Provide Hospice Volunteer Training?
Every AHC volunteer receives free and comprehensive training before being assigned a volunteer job. They learn hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief & loss education, health & safety precautions and more. They talk about what kinds of volunteering they are interested in and what talents their volunteer manager sees in them.