Hospice provides compassionate care that focuses on comfort, quality, and support for individuals with terminal illness, their families, and caregivers.
Although volunteers are not able to currently visit with our Hospice patients, we can train you now to be a companion volunteer so that you are ready to bless a patient once visitors are allowed in our facility.
What does it mean to be a Companion Volunteer? It could mean a lot of things depending on the patient that the volunteer is matched with. You will work one -on-one with the patient, and sometimes their family, Some examples of what volunteers have done in the past include: reading novels and/or the Bible to patients; writing letters; painting nails or doing hair; household tasks; wheelchair walks; accompanying patient to activities, events, or Chapel so that they are able to participate, if desired; socializing; playing games; reviewing pictures or videos; pet therapy; music therapy; massage therapy. Pet visitors also welcome!
Your talents, skills, and interests can help determine what you do.
Volunteers become certified through Optage Hospice's training program. Optage Hospice specializes in provide comfort care services to people experiencing dementia in the end stages of life. Volunteers must be comfortable with the idea of working with someone with dementia; training and continuing support is provided to all volunteers.