BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are an integral part of our hospice team, filling roles that range from direct contact with patients in their homes to providing administrative support in the office. Volunteers also participate in bereavement and patient recognition programs. Supporting patients and families at the end of life can be gratifying and emotionally meaningful.
When hospice became part of the Medicare benefit in 1982, written into the law was the requirement that community volunteers had to provide a minimum of 5 percent of total patient care hours. It is one of the things that makes hospice care special and unique in healthcare--a nod to the early history of hospice and the volunteers who ran them.
To volunteer, or learn more, email or call us at (415) 682-2111.
ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
What do hospice volunteers do?
Does Crossroads provide training for volunteers?
Yes. Every volunteer receives free and comprehensive training before being assigned a volunteer job. They learn hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief & loss education, health & safety precautions and more. They talk about what kinds of volunteering they are interested in and what talents the volunteer coordinator sees in them. Volunteers work with a clinical team of a doctor, nurse, aide, chaplain and social worker. Because they spend time with the patient, volunteers who provide direct patient care can often give the team valuable feedback about issues that arise during their visits.
Is Hospice volunteering for me?
Commit the time to volunteer orientation
Be a listener, and comfortable in silence
Know your strengths, your limits, and when to say no
Accept that needs can be physical, emotional and/or spiritual
Respect all beliefs, all religious customs and all who lack them