The hospice philosophy focuses on quality of life for those living with end-stage illnesses so they maintain as much comfort and dignity as possible. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals and volunteers provides caring support for both the hospice recipient and his or her loved ones. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team. Give your time, your talents and your heart by becoming one of our volunteers.
Volunteers are an important part of the hospice philosophy. You are there to hold a hand and listen, read or write a letter, run errands or even help out in our office.
Volunteers are there to step in when a family member needs a break, and are there for the family and friends after their loved one has passed away. No matter what your skills, talents or motivation, we have the opportunity for you to help.
What does it take to be a Kindred Hospice Volunteer?
Care and concern for others
Tolerance, flexibility and patience
Maturity and self-understanding
Good communication skills
Empathy, sincerity and sensitivity
Acceptance of moral and cultural differences
Ability to work cooperatively with others
Ability to accept supervision and evaluation
Be at least 16 years old
Complete comprehensive hospice volunteer training
Annual TB testing
Submit to and pass a criminal background screening
Submit to and pass a drug screening
There are no restrictions in regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, handicap or national origin.
Volunteers receive training appropriate to their respective volunteer position. Orientation and trainings are scheduled to fit your busy schedule.
We provide care all over the local area. As a volunteer, you can choose where, when and how to give your time!
Provide administrative/clerical support including filing, answering phones, mailings, etc. Some tasks can be done from your home.
Provide bereavement support to families through supportive phone calls, mailings and visits.
Make friendly visits to people on hospice care in their homes or long-term health care facilities, and provide companionship and support to the patient and their families.
Pet Therapy Volunteers:
Make supportive visits to patients with their registered therapy dogs. The pet therapy volunteer team must be registered or be willing to become registered through an organization such at Therapy Dog, Inc., Therapy Dog International, etc. We can help you with the process of getting registered.
Make weekly telephone calls to check on patients/families to assess their needs. These calls can be made from your home.
Other Specialty and Professional Volunteers:
Volunteers who want to provide specific support including music, vigil, art/crafts, life review video, spiritual support, handyman, etc. Also, those who want to share professional skills such as art and music therapists, beauticians and barbers and other professional services (volunteers must be certified, licensed or registered in the professional specialty).
Note: Volunteers may serve in more than one role provided they complete the necessary training.