Volunteers who work in hospices throughout the U.S. are an essential part of the hospice philosophy of care which recognizes that dying is not just a medical event but a personal one as well. These volunteers are important members of an interdisciplinary team, working to “deinstitutionalize” the dying experience and provide a more humane system of care for the dying and their families. In fact, federal law requires that at least 5% of patient care hours be provided by volunteers (if the hospice receives Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement).
Volunteers provide important services to the people they serve in our community. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community out-reach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by Hospice of South Georgia, Inc.
To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, hospices require that volunteers complete an extensive orientation and training session, as well as submit to a routine background check. It is important that volunteers understand the history of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.
Hospice Volunteer Qualifications:
- Age 18 or older
- Emotionally mature
- Active Listening skills
- Effective verbal and written communication skills
- Understanding of commitment to hospice goals, philosophy and service model
- Has reliable mode of transportation with vehicle liability insurance
- Good mental health and has available support system
- Willing to commit to giving three to four hours of service weekly
- Willing to complete hospice volunteer training and orientation (8-10 hours)
- Meets initial and annual volunteer health requirements