One of the biggest comforts you can give to patients who are at the end of their life is to simply spend time with them so they don’t feel alone. While volunteers may help with everything from running errands and housekeeping to providing vigil support while someone is actively passing away, companionship is also an important part of this work. Reading, playing music, enjoying hobbies and being a friend to the patient are among the most meaningful moments for volunteers and patients alike.
Volunteers receive 20 hours of training focused on death, dying, grief, physical and social coping and comfort, stress, and the bereavement process. Some volunteers may also support the operations and fundraising of the hospice system.
To apply for a hospice volunteer position, please visit the Jefferson Healthcare website.