The spirit of a hospice volunteer is born from a genuine desire to serve others during the end-of-life journey.
The value of a hospice volunteer can not be overstated. The relationship between a volunteer and a patient/caregiver provides a feeling of normality. Volunteers often connect with patients/caregivers on a deep, personal level, which provides the hospice care team with valuable insights concerning the overal impact of the level of comfort and care that is provided.
Before beginning volunteer services, hospice volunteers are provided training. The training prepares volunteers for the administrative services they may preform for the hospice, or in the ways they will directly assist patients, caregivers and families.
Hospice voluneer training includes:
* The hospice philosophy of care
* Professional boundaries as a volunteer when interacting with patients and families
* The spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of patients and caregivers during the end-of-life journey
* Communications with patients, families and friends
* How to assist patients and families with grief, loss and bereavement
* Regulations pertaining to patient's personal health information and documentation
Whether opting to be directly or indirectly involved with patient and family care, hospice voluneers are able to use their unique talents and skill sets to support the hospice organization and provide patients and families with a more comfortable end-of-life experience.
Volunteers are needed in all counties HOSA serves including Brown, Coke, Concho, Crockett, Kimble, Irion, Mason, McColloch, Menard, Reagon, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton and Tom Green.
Volunteers are encouraged to wait one year after a significant death to volunteer in a hospice setting.
FMI, contact Brilyn Daniels at 325-658-6524
You may download and print the Hospice of San Angelo volunteer application and send it in by fax, phone or at WestTexasRehab.org
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator
Mail: 1933 University Ave., San Angelo, TX 76904
Building Bridges Volunteer
Adults who have a special love for children and a desire to help a child's grieving heart are encouraged to consider becoming a Building Bridges volunteer. Training classes are offered to teach grief theory, developmental aspects of loss as well as techniques to be used in small groups. Applications are accepted at any time and the 20 hour training is offered in the early fall. Volunteers are essential as they are the cornerstone of the Building Bridges program.