Capstone Hospice Volunteers
Become A Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers are an integral part of a hospice team, being assigned roles ranging from providing clerical and administrative support for the organization to direct contact with patients. Hospices that participate with Medicare are required to utilize volunteers alongside their paid clinical and administrative staff. Hospice volunteers routinely describe their work as intellectually invigorating, rewarding, and above all, emotionally meaningful. Capstone values their volunteers and hold high standards to ensure best practices for those they are serving.
Capstone Hospice is currently interviewing volunteers for both patient bedside and office administrative needs. If you are interested, please contact us using our online form or call (770) 558-6202 to speak with our Volunteer Coordinator.
How Hospice Volunteers Serve
Bereavement Support Programs
Hospice volunteers fully support the Capstone Hospice’s bereavement staff. Tasks may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments at bereavement services, or helping with mailings to families.
Fundraising and Administrative Work
A volunteer with clerical skills can serve by helping in the office with administrative duties. These responsibilities can vary from writing thank-you letters and preparing mailings to organizing fundraising events and contacting potential donors.
Respite and Support for Family Members
Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.
Special Skills and Interests
Beauticians, Barbers and Notaries often volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often play for hospice patients as well.
Support for Patients
A typical day as a volunteer can include visiting, interpreting for those who do not speak English, supplying music, supervising therapeutic visits with pets reading, taking walks and writing letters. Volunteers with massage therapy certification can also serve patients in this area. Capstone Hospice also utilizes volunteers who offer complementary therapies such as aroma therapy or therapeutic touch.
It is not uncommon for people whose loved one died in hospice care to want to repay the kindnesses of their experience and volunteer for the hospice provider soon after the death.
Capstone Hospice, however, requires newly bereaved volunteer candidates to wait an extended period to grieve sufficiently before volunteering.
Capstone pays for background checks for prospective volunteers to provide a high level of security and peace of mind for patients and their families.
To ensure that volunteers are equipped for the brave task of working with the dying, they are required to complete extensive orientation and training through the hospice organization.