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Hospice Volunteer Services

Volunteers serve as a member of the Spartanburg Regional Hospice team by sharing skills and interests in a manner that provides comfort and enriches the quality of life for our patients. We welcome both direct patient care and administrative volunteers.

Direct patient care volunteers serve on a regularly scheduled basis. Examples of service opportunities include:

  • Companionship, friendly visiting, active listening, bedside sitting, letter writing
  • Sharing hobbies and special interests – reading, gardening, listening to music, sports, travel, crafts, etc.
  • Assisting with errands – grocery shopping and general errands
  • Homemaking tasks – light housekeeping, dishes, laundry, meal preparation
  • Pet therapy

Administrative volunteers serve on a regularly scheduled basis. Examples of service opportunities include:

  • Answering phones and filing
  • Data entry and other computer-based tasks
  • Community outreach, fundraising and special projects.
  • Flower arranging, making greeting cards, knitting/crocheting

No task is too big or too small for a hospice volunteer, but often the most important thing you can do is just “be there” for patients to reassure them they are not alone, to hold a hand, to offer a smile, or to just listen. For hospice volunteers the personal rewards are enormous and many of our volunteers feel they gain more than they have been able to give.

Volunteers help patients and families focus on living. You can make a difference one life at a time.

Training

Volunteers receive specialized training to feel prepared and confident while serving patients and families. Training for hospice volunteers is typically completed in three sessions. Each session lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours. Topics covered during training include:

  • How the hospice care team works, and your role in it
  • Helpful hints for being a successful volunteer
  • The psychological, social and spiritual needs of hospice patients
  • How to provide grief and bereavement support
  • Communication skills and managing stress
  • Patient privacy and other regulations

To maintain quality care for our patients and families, hospice volunteers are required to:

  • Submit an application
  • Provide two references
  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Provide a statement of health from your physician
  • Sign an agreement to protect patient privacy
  • (HIPAA/ confidentiality)
  • Consent to a drug screen and Tuberculous (TB) test to be completed by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Annually volunteers are required to:

  • Participate in four education sessions provided by Spartanburg Regional Hospice
  • Consent to a TB screening during your birth month
  • Participate in competency training provided by Spartanburg Regional Hospice

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