There are three areas where volunteers can serve including specialized roles in some local programs; these assignments include:
1) Patient Support
Patient Support Volunteers provide companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Ways to help include:
- Friendly visits
- Writing letters
- Reading to patients
- Light housekeeping
- Running errands
- Meal preparation
- Hair care
Bereavement Volunteers support families and friends of deceased patients. During the grieving process, the volunteer is an invaluable resource, especially for those who lack a solid support network.
- Assist with grief support groups
- Coordinate community resources
- Help Bereavement Coordinator with writing letters and making calls
Administrative Volunteers help the hospice staff, often through working in the office. Ways to help include:
- Typing, filing and other light office work
- Sending birthday cards, sympathy cards and bereavement notes
- Assisting at community workshops
- Coordinating support services
- Making deliveries
Other Specialized Volunteers
ANGEL Volunteers (Allegiance of Neighbors Giving End-of-Life Support)
Some local programs have ANGEL Volunteers show are non-medical volunteers trained to provide emotional support to the patient and caregiver in the last hours of life. The goal of the program is to provide a physical, compassionate presence during the last hours of life to hospice patients with only one or no primary caregiver.
Compassus is pleased to participate in the We Honor Veterans program. This means that many of our locations provide trained veteran volunteers to provide camaraderie and compassionate care for our patients who have also served our country in the armed forces. Our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteers understand the unique needs of veterans because they ARE veterans.