Hospice Care Volunteers
While there are registered nurses and doctors at all hospice care facilities, volunteers can make up a large part of the actual patient care hours within the hospice itself. Volunteers to the hospice do a variety of different tasks besides just comforting family members and loved ones who are terminally ill.
United States law actually requires that at least 5% of all patient care hours be provided by volunteers. This means that there is a large contingent of volunteers throughout the states that are offering their time, experience, and abilities for free to hospice care centers.
Before being able to volunteer to hospice center there are several things that must happen. The volunteer must be given a background check to ensure that they have no criminal record concerning violence to the elderly or drug problems. This is to ensure that hospice patients are cared for properly without high risk.
Most hospice volunteers will also have to go through an orientation and training program to give them the basic knowledge of how to help, when to call for help, and how to handle difficult situations.
There are a wide variety of services volunteers can offer to their local home hospice center. The gratification and rewards of volunteering and helping family members get through a rough time is all the pay these volunteers will ever see.
You'll see volunteers visiting the terminally ill, bringing in music, possibly being involved in massage therapy, going for walks, bringing in pets to comfort, and even acting as a facilitator for support counseling groups.
Volunteers are an important aspect to all hospice care, nursing facilities, in-home care, and assisted living facilities. For those who volunteer their rewards are many as they help support the family members, the ill patients themselves, and try to make life a little bit easier during a tough time.
The requirements for being a volunteer are simple, quick and efficient and you'll learn things from the training programs and offer a community service that can't be beat. You may want to research the facility before you begin to volunteer and make sure that you can communicate well with not just the residents themselves but also the head nurses and doctors of any medical facility. Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community a little of what they've given to you and most facilities happily accept volunteers from all walks of life from those who can only give an hour or two a month, to those that can be there daily.
Hospice care is made up of not just doctors and nurses, but also many volunteers from the community themselves that never see a paycheck. These volunteers offer hours of assistance to all terminally ill, elderly, and hospice care patients as well as nurses and doctors.