It is impossible…for one to give as you have given, entering into a life that is at its close, without also sharing the pain of parting. May you be comforted by the knowledge that you have brightened the last days of a fellow human being.
Volunteering for hospice can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Volunteer training teaches you how to care for the sick and dying, their families and friends.
Providing quality care for those in the community who are dying builds a sense of belonging for all those who participate. Volunteers are special people who make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families. Volunteers are often surprised at how able they are to help in patient homes. However, some volunteers feel more comfortable offering non-patient assistance such as helping with fund-raising or administrative work. However you feel you are best able to help, Hospice For Utah loves it’s volunteers and appreciates all the time given.
Some examples of volunteer tasks are:
- Provide hands-on care to dying patients
- Provide respite and support for family and other caregivers
- Do administrative work in a hospice office
- Assist with fund raising activities
- Read to patients, listen, and be there for patients who need companionship
- Assist with childcare
- Provide bereavement support for families
- Provide professional services
How to become a Hospice for Utah Volunteer
The easiest way to become a hospice volunteer is to call the hospice office nearest you and ask to be considered for the next volunteer training class, or simply fill out the online application.
Because hospice is licensed in the state of Utah and reimbursed by Medicare, the training program must meet Medicare regulations. If a person has certified through hospice volunteer training with any hospice, he or she is certified to volunteer at any hospice. Medicare requires that volunteers are aware of:
- Their duties and responsibilities
- The person they contact if they need assistance and instruction
- Hospice goals, services, and philosophies
- Confidentiality and protection of the patient’s and family’s rights
- Family dynamics, coping mechanisms and psychological issues surrounding terminal illness, death, and bereavement
- Procedures to be followed in an emergency or following the death of a patient
- Guidance elated to specific individual responsibilities