Patient/Family Volunteers provide emotional and practical support to Hospice patients and their families in both homes and nursing facilities. Volunteer activities may include supportive phone calls and visits, providing respite for the caregiver, running errands, providing transportation, providing prepared food items or doing simple chores.
Each Patient/Family Volunteer is asked to spend at least one hour per week with the patient/family (or make one telephone contact). These volunteers are carefully screened and trained, and come from all backgrounds and walks of life. Volunteers must be age 18 or older, and a 12-hour training session is required.
Hospice Home Volunteers
Many opportunities for volunteering at Hospice Home at High Point are available including:
- Patient Care Volunteers assist with greeting incoming guests, giving facility tours, answering phones, monitoring the family room and family kitchen, restocking supplies and assisting at the team station. Volunteers must be 18 years old and the standard 20-hour training is required.
- Direct Patient Family Care Volunteers provide support to patients and their families at Hospice Home, just as they do in patient’s homes. Activities may include visiting with patients and families, reading, respite relief for the caregiver, helping with unpacking, assisting with meal selection, passing and picking up meal trays, and comforting families. Volunteers must be 18 years old and the standard 20-hour training is required.
Assist the Grief Counseling Center by providing bereavement and grief support to families after the loss of a loved one. Activities include preparing mailings, filing in our chart room, and assisting with support groups. The standard 20-hour training course is required plus specialized bereavement training.
Children′s Program Volunteers
Work with our children′s counselor in providing grief support through creative activities and events. The standard 20-hour training course is required plus specialized training in dealing with children and grief.
Provide transportation for patients and caregivers to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store and pharmacies. The standard 20-hour training session is required and automobile insurance of at least $100,000 per occurrence and $100,000 in aggregate must be continuously maintained.
Help with tasks such as answering phones, making copies, filing, data entry, assisting with large mailings, and other tasks depending on the skills of the volunteer and Hospice needs. A three-hour training and orientation is required.
Special Project Volunteers
Assist with special activities including fundraising events and holiday projects. Individual and special training sessions are provided.