Volunteers are a vital part of our hospice care team. Talented and caring people in our community are giving their time to help us achieve our mission of providing quality and compassionate care to people in the last stages of life. Many of our volunteers have a personal hospice story, and can relate firsthand to the experiences of our patients and families.
Direct care volunteers with Hospice of the Midwest make a difference by:
- Providing companionship and friendship to patients during the last days of their lives
- Offering emotional and spiritual support to families and caregivers
- Running errands to ease the burden felt by family and loved ones
- Performing light household chores to help create a clean, orderly, and comfortable environment
- Participating in family support during the bereavement process
Some volunteers choose to provide indirect services critical to efficient hospice operations. Such tasks include assistance with word processing, photocopying, filing, mailing, and answering telephone calls.
Pet Therapy – One unique feature of our volunteer program is Pet Therapy. Pets and humans experience a unique connection. This could be because pets are loyal, affectionate, and comforting, or it could simply be that they are good listeners. Many people who receive end-of-life care appreciate the comfort of having one of our specially trained pets (especially dogs) by their sides. Pet therapy is a way for people to experience joy – an emotion that isn’t often associated with a life-limiting illness.
All of our volunteers go through an application and interview process and receive the training needed to work effectively with our professional team. They are a diverse group of people with one thing in common- a big heart.
If you are interested in becoming an Hospice of the Midwest Volunteer, please contact us for more information.