As a member of our hospice volunteer family, you will embark on an unforgettable journey of compassion, fulfillment, and friendship. Every day our hospice volunteers enhance the lives of those facing a life-limiting illness. As a hospice volunteer, your contribution can come in many ways, from lending clerical and office support to spending time with patients or supporting family caregivers. Whatever role you choose to play, however small or large, to the families we serve your contribution will be immeasurable.
Volunteering doesn’t require any medical training or a burdensome level of commitment. Anyone can volunteer, it can be as simple as reading, running a few errands or just spending some time with someone. It’s those simple kindnesses that go so far.
A Place For You
Volunteers are a valuable part of the Hospice Care of South Carolina team. Our volunteers support people in all kinds of ways that benefit our patient’s, families and communities. We’ve got a place for you that will meet your schedule and geographic preferences.
What is Required?
Many hospice volunteers have had firsthand experience with a life-limiting illness; this often helps prepare them for volunteer work by being sensitive and supportive to the patient and family’s needs. At Hospice Care of South Carolina volunteers receive training on:
• The philosophy and goals of Hospice Care of South Carolina
• Patient Rights
• Family Relationships
• Listening and Communication Skills
• Physical and emotional aspects of death and dying
• Spiritual and Cultural Diversity
• Patient Confidentiality Volunteers are provided required background checks and PPD test at no cost to them.
After training is completed, volunteers determine the amount of time they would like to volunteer. Volunteers choose how much time they would like to give whether it be a couple of hours a week, to several days a month. Any and all efforts are appreciated when helping us serve our patients and their families.
Ways you can help include:
• Providing companionship through visits or phone calls
• Running errands and/or assisting with shopping
• Helping with simple household chores
• Spending time with a patient while their caregiver goes out for a short while
• Mowing a patient’s lawn or walking their dog
• Volunteers may assist in ancillary and office activities including answering telephones, filing, assisting with patient and family meetings, and data entry
Veteran Volunteers can assist by:
• Honoring Veteran patients with a certificate recognizing their service
• Allowing Veteran patients to share their stories with someone who has experienced serving in the military
Benefits of Volunteering
Hospice Volunteers find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Many volunteers consistently report that helping the terminally ill is not about dying but living. By giving of yourself and your time, you can make a difference in someone’s life. For more benefits, click HERE.
Please consider becoming part of our team today.