Become a lifeway Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers fill the gap between loved ones and professional caregivers. Volunteers will be there even when friends and family find it hard to do so. Volunteers don’t have the emotional attachment family does. They are trained to meet the needs of patients and families. They visit on a schedule, yet are open to change as dictated by the patient’s health and interests. They are unpaid, yet priceless.
Is Hospice Volunteering for Me?
Lifeway volunteers need to know that hospice work takes its toll. You become friends with people who are going to die, and with the people who love them. You must be able to sit quietly, take a back seat to the events taking place around you, be a calming presence when that is called for. You need to be a guest, an observer, a facilitator.
As a hospice volunteer, you need to:
- Commit the time to volunteer orientation
- Be dependable
- Be patient
- Be a listener, and comfortable in silence
- Know your strengths, your limits, and when to say no
- Be non-judgmental
- Accept that needs can be physical, emotional and/or spiritual
- Respect all beliefs, all religious customs and all who lack them
What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?
Lifeway offers hospice volunteer opportunities that allow you to choose a role in which you feel comfortable and fulfilled. Opportunities may include:
- Administrative Duties
- Alternative/complementary Care or Massage
- Art & Music Enrichment
- Bereavement Duties
- Emotional support
- Spiritual Care
Lifeway hospice requires volunteers to be 16 years of age or older. It is not uncommon for people whose loved one died in hospice care to want to volunteer for the hospice provider soon after the death, but Lifeway requires newly bereaved volunteer candidates to wait for a period of time before volunteering at the bedside. Lifeway may require volunteers to have a valid driver's license and current insurance, particularly if the volunteer will be traveling to patient homes. Applicants will also be required to pass a background check.