Volunteering Your Time
Volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things to change lives and give of their unique gifts and talents. In helping the terminally ill patients and their families, volunteers are an essential part of the hospice team. They stand alongside the professionals and create a caring environment for everyone involved.
How You Can Help
Hospice volunteers show their caring in many ways by visiting the patient and family at home, in the nursing home, and wherever the patient resides.
They can assist by:
- Reading books or news
- Running errands
- Making phone calls
- Writing letters
- Preparing meals
- Being a friend to the family
- Follow-up during bereavement
If you are not interested in direct patient contact, there are still many ways in which you can support the hospice team. They include:
- Filing and light office work
- Making deliveries
- Making bereavement calls
- Assisting with community relations activities
What is Required?
Many of the hospice volunteers have had first-hand experience with a life-limiting illness either with a family member or close friend. This often helps prepare them for volunteer work by being sensitive and supportive to the family’s needs. We prefer a 6-month commitment of 1-4 hours of service a week.
All Johnson County Hospice volunteers receive training on:
- The philosophy and goals of Johnson County Hospice, and your role in it
- Hospice Philosophy
- Patient Confidentiality
- Infection Control
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Listening and Communication Skills
- Physical and Emotional Process of Dying
- Spiritual and Cultural Issues of the Dying
- Monthly in-service training and review meetings may include topics such as Comfort Care, Grief and Bereavement, Elder Abuse, Music Therapy, etc.
After training is complete, volunteers determine the amount of time they would like to commit to hospice work. They can contribute from a couple hours a week to several hours in the month. Any and all efforts are appreciated when helping us serve our patients.
Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill through hospice is not about dying but about living. By giving of yourself and your time, you can make a difference in someone’s life. Our Volunteer Coordinator works closely with each volunteer to match assignments with volunteer preferences.
Interested? Get in Touch or Fill Out An Application!
Johnson County Hospice’s Volunteer Coordinator is ready to connect you with an opportunity that fits your skills and talents. If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer, please view, complete, and print the Hospice Volunteer Application below. You may contact the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (660) 747-6121 for an email address to send your application or drop it off at our office anytime Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
For any questions or concerns regarding Hospice Volunteering, or if you think you may be interested in volunteering, please contact the Johnson County Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at (660) 747-6121.