Why Should I Volunteer?

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Volunteers are a critical piece of the hospice team and have an amazing impact on quality of life. Many hospice volunteers describe their work as gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful. Hospice patients need a strong support network; volunteers help fill that gap.

Imagine knowing you are at the end stage of your life. You have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and nothing can be done to change that. Maybe you don’t want to seek treatment anymore. You want to be comfortable at home to enjoy your remaining days on Earth.

This can feel overwhelming for patients and family members. The hospice team comes to the side of patients and families and provides much-needed support to make this possible.

Patients and families often have extra needs that can be difficult to meet. Some people need help picking up groceries and household goods from the store. Some need someone to visit with their loved ones so they can take a much-needed break. Other individuals don’t have any family or additional support and feel lonely. Many hospice patients are homebound and cannot get out of their homes and into their communities for socialization.

Regardless of the need, hospice teams are dedicated to addressing every one of these challenges. This is where volunteers step in and ease the burden for everyone. This type of volunteering is so extraordinary and quite honoring. It is a very humbling experience to know someone wishes to spend some of their precious time with you learning that their time on Earth is limited. This is the real gift of being a hospice volunteer.

Most people, at the end of the day, would like to know they have impacted others, their community, or the world. No doubt, when you volunteer for a hospice, you have a powerful impact in many ways. Hospice offers a variety of opportunities to suit your level of comfort within your volunteering role.

Some of the opportunities available for hospice volunteers include:

Direct patient and family contact

Hospice volunteers can work directly with an assigned patient or family. You can spend time supporting patients in their homes or living facilities, engaged in many different activities. Some

patients would like someone to read to them, play music or sing, help write cards to loved ones, or just talk. The possibilities are endless, and creativity is welcome.

Administrative support

A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with administrative duties. This can include making calls, filing, sending out mailings, and organizing events.

Special Events

Over the year, hospices have special events to support the bereaved and the community. Volunteers can help arrange memorial activities, mailings, deliver small gifts to patients, support group activities, and more.

If you have a desire to become a volunteer, please reach out to Aleca Hospice. There is a screening process, application, and background check we will help you through.

We offer extensive and meaningful training and ongoing support to every one of our volunteers. We would be honored to have you join our team and share in our mission:

To provide quality end-of-life care with compassion, respect, and dignity while always putting the patient and family at the core of everything we do.

Please click the link below or call and ask for the Volunteer Coordinator 

(480) 748-4300 | htps://alecahealth.com/careers

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