The goal of hospice is to maximize the comfort and quality of life for those with a terminal illness. This is done through a holistic approach which includes physical, psychological and spiritual care.
Hospice volunteers have a special place in their hearts for being with hospice clients and their families. Some have had a family member who was a hospice patient. Others just want to be helpful. Some are interested in learning more about hospice and what it means for clients. All receive training in being truly present with someone, listening closely, responding empathically and maintaining confidentiality.
- Provide caring supportive companionship
- Prepare/serve meals or snacks
- Perform light homemaking tasks
- Pick up mail
- Visit the client in hospital (if admitted and desired)
- Run errands for family
- Read to clients
- Observe special days for clients and their families
- Assist bereavement coordinator with follow-up on families
How to Become a Hospice Volunteer
Before individuals will be allowed to volunteer for Hospice the following requirements must be fulfilled:
- Completed Volunteer Application
- Proof of MMR records (two dates) or receive a booster/titre**
- Current TB skin test/2nd step (within the last year)**
- Seasonal influenza vaccination**
- Background check*
- OIG check*
- HIPAA video training and signed confidentiality agreement*
- Review Brookings Health System's Infection Control Policy*
- Completed training applicable to specific volunteer position
*Conduct by Brookings Health System's human resources department
**Administered by Brookings Health System as needed
For more information on becoming a volunteer, please contact the Human Resources Volunteer Coordinator at (605) 696-8063.
If you have been approved to become a hospice volunteer, CLICK HERE for training.