Patient Support & Professional Services
Our patient support volunteers perform many tasks for Hospice of the Foothills patients and their families.
Volunteers may read to the patient, prepare light meals, perform light housekeeping and run errands. One of the most important things a volunteer can offer a patient is time: time to sit with them; time to listen to their stories and share their lives; time to offer caregivers a break from the difficult tasks of caring for a loved one. Volunteers can also offer their professional services to help patients; cosmetologists, certified massage therapists, pet visitors and musicians are always a welcome addition to our volunteer team.
Bereavement volunteers focus on providing support to the family after the patient dies by companioning them through the grieving process. Additional training is provided to prepare volunteers to provide support with phone calls or visits. Bereavement volunteers also provide co-facilitation for our support groups, individual counseling for Hospice of the Foothills family members, community members, and our Transitions Program clients.
Becoming a Hospice of the Foothills volunteer is an important commitment.
We ask that volunteers serve a minimum of one year and dedicate an average of 1-4 hours per week to patient support. We require volunteers to complete our professional training and to attend at least two monthly in-services per year. These in-services are offered monthly for continuing education.
Hospice of the Foothills will provide training and support for volunteers in the role of Direct Patient Support Volunteer. Our training consists of four, six hour sessions held on Mondays and Wednesdays over a two week period each Spring and Fall. Training provides information about the hospice philosophy and concept, guidelines and practical skills, and gives volunteers the confidence to stay with a patient while their caregiver takes a break. After training, volunteers are assigned to work with patients and their families within a geographical area convenient for the volunteer. Our Volunteer Coordinator is always available for support, encouragement, and guidance.