Become A Hospice Volunteer
At Margaret Mary Health, our Hospice volunteers are an important part of our healthcare team. Not only do they fill the gaps between loved ones and professional caregivers, they also provide companionship and support to our patients when they need it most.
Our Hospice volunteers are comprised of a variety of people from our community - men and women, young and old - from all walks of life. No medical training or prior experience is necessary to volunteer. All that’s required is a spirit of compassion, the ability to listen and respect for all ways of life.
A Team Approach
Providing care to someone who is dying can be difficult. That’s why we ensure you have the assistance you need to do your job well. Our volunteers receive comprehensive training and work closely with our Hospice team to discuss and address the needs of both our patients and their families.
At Margaret Mary, our Hospice department offers a variety of volunteering opportunities so you can find the role that best fits you. We offer roles that involve both direct and indirect patient care. Our volunteers:
- Provide support to patients by visiting, sitting or taking walks with them, as well as reading or writing letters to them.
- Run errands for patients and their families.
- Provide on-call support by responding to patients with immediate needs.
- Make phone calls from the Hospice office to assess each patient’s need for medication and supplies.
- Help ensure no patient dies alone by being present during the final stages of a patient’s life.
- Provide basic cosmetology services (cosmetology license required).
- Provide bereavement services to family members by making visits and phone calls or sending cards.
- Provide the Hospice office with clerical assistance.
Download the volunteer application and forms here or call 812.933.5125.