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Hospice Volunteer (unpaid volunteer role) (Volunteer)
The Hospice Volunteer provides patient care, bereavement, errands, and/or office support services according to his/her experiences and training, and in compliance with Senior Independence policies.
Essential responsibilities include:
- Serves as an integral member of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Group amid various settings: home care; respite; inpatient; bereavement and/or administrative; office duties.
- Performs tasks as assigned and serves the patient and family/caregiver under guidance of nurse or as a part of the administrative team.
- Serves as a substitute family/caregiver in the home performing activities that the volunteer has been prepared for and has been prepared for and agreed to perform. The volunteer may do homemaker chores, run errands and provide respite care as well. Only works with patients as assigned.
- Provides input into the plan of care and interdisciplinary meetings as appropriate.
- Documents hours and services as instructed maintaining confidentiality.
- Provides availability on a regular basis and/or keeping with the patient and family/caregiver needs.
- Participates in volunteer support groups and/or educational inservices.
- Maintains open communications and reports regularly to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Qualifications include previous experience with death or dying process helpful. Personal life and volunteer experience is helpful.