BE A VOLUNTEER
Hospice is a special kind of caring that is person and family centered and seeks to provide support and comfort to those facing a life limiting illness. Volunteers play a large role in this effort by sharing their skills and interests in a manner that enriches the quality of life for those they serve.
The federal government also recognizes the importance of volunteers in the delivery of hospice services by requiring that Medicare-approved hospices utilize volunteers from their community. Nationally, about 100,000 people serve as hospice volunteers and give millions of hours of their time to serve terminally ill patients and their families.
How You Can Help Hospice volunteers work with patients and families in a variety of ways, such as:
- Respite visits
- Spiritual support
- Bereavement support
- Errands and light housekeeping
Volunteers can also provide support to the hospice agency with clerical support, such as:
- Assembling information packets
- Assisting with mailings
- Making telephone calls
Training and Screening All Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice volunteers are considered employees of the organization and will have a volunteer interview, a drug test, and a complete criminal background check and orientation prior to beginning a volunteer assignment.
The contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by hospice. The impact that you can have on the lives of others is immeasurable! For more information, call the Ohio Living Home Health & Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at your local office:
- Greater Akron: 330.873.3468
- Greater Columbus: 614.433.0031
- Greater Cleveland: 440.953.1256
- Greater Dayton: 937.415.5666
- Greater Youngstown: 330.533.4350
- Greater Cincinnati: 513.681.8174
- Greater Toledo: 419.865.1499