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If you’re looking to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, consider hospice volunteer work.
Described by the Hospice Foundation of America as a “concept of care,” hospice is generally administered in a patient’s home, but is also available in some nursing homes and hospitals. The idea of hospice care is to provide terminally ill patients with a comfortable environment in their last months of life. Hospice specializes in keeping patients as pain free as possible, while also providing emotional support for the patient and the patient’s family.
Hospice volunteer workers help out with a variety of important tasks. One of the most vital contributions is offering support for the patients. Something as simple as keeping the patients company can make all the difference. Hospice volunteers are also an invaluable asset to the patient’s family. Volunteers can assist with household tasks, giving caregivers time to run their own errands.
There are other ways to volunteer, too. Hospice organizations need people to help with administrative tasks, fund raising, facilitating support groups, and helping with mailings.
Hospices provide staff members with extensive training, so there are no pre-requisites to apply for hospice volunteer jobs. If you have a specialized skill, be sure to mention it, because it could be useful in finding the right type of hospice volunteer work for you.