No gift is more important than the gift of time volunteered.
Nursing, physical therapy and other medical services after medical treatment
Relief from pain and other symptoms during a serious illness
Comfort and compassion for patients and loved ones at the end-of-life
Private Duty Services is continuous nursing for medically fragile patients
Help at home with chores, self-care or other activities of daily living


Well-trained volunteers are an integral part of the Assisted Hospice team caring for terminally ill patients. Hospice volunteers visit one of more patients and their families each week. Volunteer scheduling is flexible, matching the needs of the patients with the availability of the volunteer. Hospice volunteers work with patients two hours per week (including travel time). We request a one year commitment so that our patients can see the same volunteer during the time they are receiving hospice services.

Qualities of a Good Hospice Volunteer:

  • Good Listening skills
  • An Understanding and Acceptance of Their Own Feelings Regarding Death and Dying
  • A Strong Comfort Level with People Approaching Death (however, direct experience with death and dying is not required)

Hospice Volunteer Activities:

  • Companionship
  • Supportive Listening and Conversation
  • Applying Holistic Therapies Reading or Other Activities of Interest
  • Support with Life Review (reminiscing, sharing stories, pictures, etc.)
  • Assistance with Documenting One’s Life Story
  • Support with Audio or Video Taping of Treasured Messages for One’s Family
  • Letter Writing
  • Assisting the Patient with Projects, Errands
  • Caregiver Respite

Hospice volunteers can also assist in the administrative offices of Assisted Hospice Care.

Volunteer Training

All volunteers receive an initial orientation. Topics include:

  • The History and Philosophy of Hospice
  • The Process of Death and Dying
  • An Overview of the Roles and Responsibilities of Each Member of the Hospice Team
  • Methods of Offering Compassionate Care to the Terminally Ill Patient and Their Loved Ones

Subsequent to the initial orientation, additional training sessions are held throughout the year on various topics related to hospice and palliative care.
Please note that we encourage surviving hospice family members to wait a minimum of one year following the patient’s death before serving as a direct patient care volunteer or in hospice public relations.

To join our Hospice Volunteer Team, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 805-379-3656 or volunteer@assistedcares.com.

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