Volunteers also support our mission through a variety of activities outside of direct patient care.
Non-patient facing volunteer activities include:
- Assisting in our office with general office duties
- Participate in fundraising and community education
- Assisting with building and grounds maintenance tasks
Each volunteer interested in working in indirect supportive services with Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare must attend 12-hours of training over a 4-week period. The training includes:
- An introduction to hospice history and philosophy
- Information on patient rights
- Communication techniques
- The volunteer roles and responsibilities on the hospice team
- Pain management and comfort measures
- The grieving process and how to help
- Spiritual needs of the dying and their families and friends
- The emotional and social needs of a family impacted by terminal illness
Volunteers are assigned based on their areas of interest by the volunteer coordinator. Volunteers doing direct care or bereavement care are assigned to specific patients for the duration of that patient’s hospice stay.
A volunteer should expect to give 2-4 hours per week.