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Become a Hospice Volunteer...

What does it take to be a Hospice Volunteer?

Hospice volunteers include men, women and teenagers who come from all walks of life. 

Hospice volunteering can be scheduled during the free time one has to give. Whatever one's talents, interests and skills, Mountain States Hospice can find a place for each volunteer. Volunteers receive training to prepare them for the hospice volunteer activity of their choice.

Qualities important for being an effective hospice volunteer include good communication skills, a nonjudgmental attitude, reliability, flexibility and compassion.

Some people choose to volunteer with hospice based on what they have heard from others. Some know us from personal experience. If you have lost a loved one recently, we ask that you hold off on volunteering with us until a year has passed since your loss.

Mountain States Hospice is a team of professionals who work together to help people as they approach end-of-life issues. Areas of support include skilled nursing, bathing and personal care, assistance with community resources, spiritual support and bereavement counseling.

Volunteers also play a key role in helping our patients and families. As companions, they allow caretakers a few hours of freedom to run necessary errands, or maybe just to relax. In baking cakes, they help celebrate what may be a final
birthday. Whatever your gifts, you can use them to help a patient or family in need.

How you can Help:

Respite Volunteers sit with a patient at his or her home to allow the family member to run errands, pay bills, go to doctor visits, pick up medicine at the pharmacy, do yard work, go to church, take a much needed nap or just have some down time to relax.

Companion Volunteers read to patients, write letters, do crafts, play music and help with housekeeping.

Bereavement Volunteers help the family cope with their grief by writing notes, making calls and facilitating support groups.

Office Volunteers help out with clerical needs, making copies for admission packets, and filing and organizing paperwork.

Special Skills Volunteers use their talents to help cut patients' hair, build wheelchair ramps, mow lawns, do household chores
or bake birthday cakes.

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