Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life — retirees, homemakers, nurses, farmers, veterans, business owners, and many others. Volunteering is also a great opportunity for couples to work together. The smallest amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a hospice patient and their family.
The role of volunteers is so important that Medicare requires every hospice program to have trained volunteers on its team. Redwood Area Hospital Hospice’s next volunteer training course will be February 22 and 23 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This class helps volunteers understand the grief process and the needs of the terminally ill.
State and Medicare regulations dictate the training a volunteer must receive prior to seeing clients. Training will cover basic techniques in patient care, understanding of the disease process, communication skills, bereavement, spiritual care and other topics.
At the completion of training, volunteer activities may include visiting, reading, writing letters, listening to music, providing respite and support for family members such as shopping or household maintenance, or assisting with Hospice office functions such as helping with mailings and fundraising.
If you are interested in becoming a Redwood Area Hospital Hospice volunteer, contact Karen Melges at (507) 637-4668. In addition to volunteer training, hospice speakers are available to any organization or group that is interested in learning about hospice.