#hospice volunteer work
One of Hospice of Central Pennsylvania’s longest and proudest traditions is our reliance on dedicated, well-trained volunteers. Hundreds of men and women have provided caring, compassionate support for our patients and their families during our more than twenty-five years of operations. Our volunteers play many roles, and their work is invaluable.
Roles of a Hospice Volunteer
Patient care/family support volunteers:
- Hold a hand. Listen
- Provide much-needed respite for caregivers
- Offer emotional and spiritual support
- Run errands. Do light housekeeping
- Let people know they are not alone
Volunteers at the Carolyn Croxton Slane Residence:
- Help care for patients
- Help in the kitchen or garden. Do light housekeeping
- Do household maintenance. Shop or run errands
Speakers Bureau volunteers: Help us inform the community about our services
- Health Fairs
- Speak to community groups and organizations
Bereavement Progam Support:
- Memorial Service
- Camp Dragonfly: Buddy volunteers, program support
- Weekend Away programs
- Telephone contact and mailings
- Clerical support to our staff
Clerical support volunteers:
- Prepare mailings. Do computer data entry
- Answer phones. File records. Help with newsletters
- Prepare informational packets. Help with medical records
- Transport clients to appointments and meetings
- Pick up medical supplies and equipment
Characteristics of a Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers are special to us and to the families with whom they work. Yet a good volunteer does not need extraordinary skills. They need only feel a dedication to helping others and a compassion for a dying patient and the family and friends caring for their loved-one.
While there is an age minimum (18 years of age), there is no one who is too old to volunteer. To be comfortable in this role, one must be emotionally stable and mature enough to be able to talk openly about death and loss. We also ask that you have your own transportation and be able to give 4 – 6 hours per week, on average, after training.
In return, volunteers experience satisfaction in serving others and often personal and spiritual growth.
Volunteers are an integral member of the patient care team. In order to prepare them for their responsibilities, we offer extensive training. In addition to an orientation to the philosophy of hospice care, we address a wide variety of end-of-life issues such as:
- Palliative care and symptom management
- Day-to-day care of the patient
- Understanding grief and loss
- Understanding spiritual needs
- Keeping healthy boundaries as care givers
- Understanding family dynamics
- Developing good listening skills
For volunteers who wish to support the work of the agency in ways other than direct care of our patients and their families, we modify our orientation and training to suit those particular goals.
Please call Barbara Hardy for Volunteer Training class details: (717)732-1000.
Because our volunteers are valued members of our team, we want to ensure their well-being by offering on-going support during their patient assignments. To this end, our volunteer coordinator and other members of the patient care team are always available to assist volunteers as they work with their assigned patient and family members. We also host periodic in-service training sessions to share experiences from the field and acquaint our team with new information, policies and procedures.
To Learn More.
For more information please contact our Volunteer Coordinators, Maureen Hoepfer (Email ) or Stephanie Schaefer (Email ) at (717)732-1000 or (866)779-7374.
1320 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Toll-Free 1 (866) 779-7374
145 S. Hanover Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Schuylkill / Pottsville Office
401 Beechwood Ave
Marlin, PA 17951
1701 Linglestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Hospice of Central PA provides services without regard to ability to pay, age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or lifestyle.