Hosted by: Legacy Hospice Of The South
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Hospice volunteers are a crucial part of the hospice concept. Volunteers must be kind, caring, compassionate, dependable, and trustworthy. Direct volunteers work in conjunction with other members of the hospice team and under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator and the hospice nurse assigned to the patient. Some things direct volunteers may be asked to do include:
--Support/entertain the patient. Examples include: Spending time, listening to the patient's stories, read the paper or books, watch a favorite TV program, etc.
--Support the family/caregiver. Examples include: allow respite time, give reassurance to the family, provide companionship to the caregiver, assisting caregiver with light household chores
--Participate in group activities at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Starkville area. Examples include: arts & crafts, playing games with residents, reading to residents, assisting with facility functions.
--Attend monthly meetings with other volunteers
We are seeking volunteers in the following counties: Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, and Winston Counties.
To volunteer, contact Polly Briggs at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (662) 338-0007.
** Volunteers are not required to have a medical background.
**Volunteers will complete a training course according to the state regulations. Volunteers must also have a criminal background check, a personal reference check, a TB skin test, and a recent physical. All costs incurred are paid by Legacy Hospice.
**Volunteers must be committed/reliable-- a volunteer's visit or companionship can often be the highlight of a patient or caregiver's week.
**Volunteers must be free from drug and alcohol addiction, be able to provide his/her own transportation, and be in good physical/emotional health.
**Volunteers should be willing to make a minimum commitment of service of at least 6 months from the time of application.
**Application process can be time consuming. Volunteers must be patient and committed.
**A minimum age of 17 is required
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