Become a Hosparus Health Volunteer

What Can I Do As A Volunteer?

Hosparus Health volunteers provide support across all parts of the organization – from direct patient care to administrative support.

Patient and Family Support Volunteers Can:

Other Volunteer Opportunities Include:

Ready to become a volunteer for Hosparus Health?

If you’re interested in joining the Hosparus Health volunteer family, you will need to:

Are you ready? Let’s get started! 

A Volunteer Manager will contact you shortly about the next steps, including training, dates and locations.   

Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission by serving others!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respite care provides short term relief for primary care-givers in various settings which include private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and HICC (Hosparus Inpatient Care Center).

 

Bereavement volunteers provide support to Grief Counseling Center’s clients, and may also provide support at Grief Counseling Center events.

Hours and duration commitment varies by assignment; based on client and event needs.

 

11th Hour Vigil volunteers provide presence to actively dying patients, typically in a nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility. 11th Hour vigil volunteers serve on an on-call basis, and varies greatly by patient/family need; may be called upon for night and weekend visits.

Hours: Varies greatly by patient/family need; may be called upon for night and weekend visits.

Skills and Abilities:

Completion of application process and acceptance into the volunteer program.
Completion of Volunteer Training Course or equivalent.
Successful completion of 11th Hour Training.
Knowledge and understanding of the dying process.
Flexible schedule preferred.
Compassion, empathy, good communication and listening skills.
Ability and willingness to maintain appropriate boundaries.

 

Works with staff and other volunteers in sorting, pricing, displaying, and selling donated items for sale in the Thrift Shop. Physical demands vary by assignment but may include sedentary work, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling of objects, bending, kneeling etc.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Present a pleasant and helpful manner to coworkers, donors, and the general public to promote the overall success of the Thrift Shop.
2. Attend scheduled meetings with staff and other volunteers to maintain effective communication and facilitate good relations.
3. Open, operate and close Shop as scheduled.
4. Care for the overall appearance of the Shop and maintain safety for volunteers, staff and customers.
5. Report maintenance needs/supply needs to Thrift Shop Manager.
6. Upon acceptance of a pick-up assignment, contact donor to schedule pick-up of donated items.
7. Additional duties as directed by the Volunteer Manager or the Thrift Shop Manager.
8. Complies with hospice policies and procedures for volunteers as written in the Volunteer Handbook.
9. Maintain confidentiality when dealing with patient information.

 

 

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When a blanket is given to a patient, it is a gift to their family as well, something they can keep after the patient is no longer with them physically. The blankets not only provide comfort and warmth but also special memories.

Requirements:

No volunteer training is required. Contact the volunteer manager for your community to schedule a time to meet with them to drop off your handmade blankets. We do keep track of the number of care blankets and the time that it took you to make them. In addition to knowing time spent making the care blankets, we will ask for your address, phone number and/or email address.

 

 A music therapy volunteer may be asked to play music at the inpatient care center in Louisville, or at various Hosparus Health fundraising events or grief counseling events.

A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) volunteer visits Hosparus Health patients in private homes, nursing facilities or the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center. The Volunteer will bring the necessary supplies for offering a massage to a patient and/or caregiver.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteer will accept assignments from the Volunteer Department.
Contacts the patient or family member to set up the visit.
Through conversation and interaction with patient and family, will learn about the type of massage the patient needs.
Provides the patient with the needed massage.
Provides Hosparus Health with timely documentation of the visit and massage.
Skills and Abilities:

Volunteer must be a Licensed Massage Therapist with current license/certification in file.
Skilled in working with frail patients.
Comfortable in the company of a person with a life-limiting illness.
Comfortable and sensitive in meeting patient and families in grief.

A hair care volunteer visits Hosparus patients in private homes, nursing facilities or the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center. The Volunteer will bring the necessary supplies for offering a haircut or styling.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Volunteer will accept assignments from the Volunteer Department.
Contacts the patient or family member to set up the visit.
Through conversation and interaction with patient and family, will learn about the type of hair care the patient needs.
Provides the patient with the needed hair care.
Provides Hosparus Health with timely documentation of the visit and massage.
Skills and Abilities:

Licensed Hair Professional with a current license in file.
Skilled in working with varieties of hair styles.
Comfortable in the company of a person with a life-limiting illness.
Comfortable and sensitive in meeting patient and families in grief.

A Pet Visitation Volunteer must have their animal certified with an accredited animal assisted therapy service. The volunteer will visit Hosparus Health patients in their homes, nursing facilities, and/or the HICC. They may also work at special events, such as birthday parties, fundraisers, or Kourageous Kids (Pediatric) events. Additional Training: Utilize on-going re-certification classes and participate in ongoing training as offered.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Pet Visitation Volunteers will be contacted by the Volunteer Department and given requests.
Upon accepting a patient assignment, the volunteer will contact patient and/or family or nursing facility to arrange the visit.
Display skill and sensitivity toward any patient, family member or resident of a nursing facility that is fearful of animals.
Skills and Abilities:

Completion of application process and acceptance into the Hosparus Health Volunteer program.
Completion of Volunteer Training course or equivalent.
Pet certification and current vaccinations/license for the pet (to be kept in volunteer file).
Complies with all requirements for accredited animal assisted therapy service certification.
Compassion, empathy, good communication and listening skills.
Ability and willingness to maintain appropriate boundaries.

 

 

Provides administrative support to Hosparus Health staff. Assists with clerical and other office duties such as phone calls, data entry, compiling packets, mailings, etc. Hours vary according to assignment.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

Training Requirements: In order to accept any volunteer opportunity at Hosparus Health, a volunteer must successfully complete all required training and screening in accordance with Hosparus Health policies and procedures, including character references, criminal background check, and paperwork. All Volunteer time is to be documented according to Hosparus Health time standards and on a Hosparus Health Time Record or an approved alternative.

 

 

Military veteran volunteers make a one time visit to a patient who has served in the military, presenting the patient with a certificate of recognition and a patriotic keepsake such as a quilt made by a volunteer, or hat. The volunteer may become a companionship volunteer as well.

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