We have hospice volunteer roles with direct patient involvement as well as clerical/office tasks
Hospice of the West's volunteers are provided the preparation and training they need to comfortably and successfully complete their chosen assignments. Some volunteers receive additional training based on their selected area of service:
Direct Patient Care
An individual is assigned to a patient for conversation, companionship, reading to the patient, homemaker chores, running errands, and/or providing respite care.
An individual is not assigned to the caregiver. The volunteer may call, text, write cards/letters, or even meet the caregiver for coffee. Caregivers often face the same social isolation as patients.
This is for veterans to provide support to either veteran patients or caregivers. They may also participate in Veteran pinnings, a special recognition ceremony where we honor vets for their service, or Veterans Coffee & Donut events (Virtual or In-person).
We are looking for a volunteer to help with data entry with our Bereavement department. We also need ongoing help putting patient charts and intake packets together.
Gift of Presence
This is sometimes called 11th hour support. It is a special opportunity for a volunteer to sit with a patient and family during the final hours of life.