Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice care plans because their sole function is to be a friend and companion. These altruistic individuals devote their days to spend time with patients and their families providing moral support and recreational activities. They also provide some respite for families. Lending support and encouragement, the hospice volunteer freely offers time and directs energy toward assisting the family and the patient.
- Volunteers work under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and interact with other team members.
- Providing emotional and physical support and companionship to patients and families.
- Temporarily remaining with patients during the absence of the primary care person for recreation, appointments or work schedule.
- Limited family shopping and errands.
- Short periods of
- Reading to patients and letter writing.
- Provide some recreational pastime, if indicated, i.e. games, handiwork, and music.
- Provide diversionary activities, if indicated.
Administrative Volunteers help in the office with general duties such as filing and shredding documents, sending faxes and making copies, organizing charts and providing support to the clerical staff.