“Compassionate, trained volunteers are the heart and soul of Inspiration Hospice.”
Our volunteers offer terminally ill patients and their families comfort, support and companionship during a patient’s most challenging days, weeks and months. Our volunteers report they are motivated by a desire to give something back, but soon find that the spiritual and emotional rewards they receive far outweigh the time and caring they contribute.
Who can be an Inspiration Hospice Volunteer?
What does a Volunteer Do?
Hospice volunteers can do just about anything!
- Specially trained 11th hour volunteers spend time at the bedside while a patient is “actively dying,” ensuring that no one dies alone.
- Listening to a patient’s concerns.
- Being a comforting and supportive presence.
- Hold a hand.
- Bake a cake.
- Listen to cherished memories.
- Pat a shoulder. Give a hug.
- Touch a heart.
- Change a life (maybe your own).
- Engaging in the patient’s hobbies; for example, playing a board game or discussing current events.
- Informing other hospice staff of the needs of the hospice patient and family.
- Running errands or doing light housekeeping for the patient and family.
- Encouraging the patient to tell her/his life story and recording it on cassette tapes provided for them.
- Allowing time for the caregiver to take care of her/himself.
- Providing bereavement support to families following patient’s death. (Additional training provided.)