Direct Patient Care Volunteers
Volunteers are assigned to patients and their families in the patient’s own home, a nursing home, hospital or other alternative living facility. Assignments vary from a short phone call to a weekly visit for a few hours.
No matter how you help, it’s impossible to state how much this support means to the patient and family and to the hospice care team working with them.
As a direct patient care volunteer, you may:
- Provide respite for caregivers
- Read to patients
- Visit with patients
- Play games with patients
- Prepare light meals
- Sit with patients to provide compassion and a comforting presence
Indirect Patient Care Volunteers
For volunteers who prefer not to work with patients directly, their time and effort can be put to use in assisting the hospice organization in numerous other ways.
As an indirect patient care volunteer, you may assist with:
- Scatter JOY projects
- Community events
- Delivering flowers
- General office tasks
- Community outreach
- Baking & delivering treats
- Sewing projects
- Painting (around the office space)
- Gardening & yardwork
- Recording treasured memories
Bedside Vigil Volunteers
Bedside vigil volunteers provide patients with a quiet presence and provide families with peace of mind during the patient’s final hours of life by sitting with the patient, so no one dies alone. There is extra training required for this role.
Special Skills & Interests
Volunteers with specialized skills and interests are invited to use their skills to help patients and families Ohio’s Hospice Loving Care.
- Cosmetologists and barbers
- Licensed massage therapists
- Musicians — guitar, keyboard, harp, flute
- Pet Care — assist patient in caring for their pet