Optage the Service Division of Presbyterian Homes and Services
Now Training Companion Volunteers in the Lake Minnetonka area to bless Hospice patients
Company: Optage the Service Division of Presbyterian Homes and Services
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Location: 4515 Shoreline Drive, Spring park, MN, 55384
Project Details

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.

General requirements


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 times a month for a minimum of six months
  • TB test, Background Study, Completion of Orientation and Training
  • Category
    Skills Area
    Hospice Care
    People Skills
    Relationship Building
    Patient Care