NHHPCO hosts an annual Hospice Volunteer Education Day. See below for more information.
Hospice Volunteers have been helping people in New Hampshire since the early 1980s. Often called 'the heart of hospice', volunteers are important members of any hospice team. Medicare requires all hospice care providers to offer trained volunteers to their patients and families.
What do Hospice Volunteers do?
- Support for patients. This can include friendly visits, reading, writing letters, bringing in music, pet therapy visits, assisting with errands or medical appointments.
- Provide respite and support for family members. This can include allowing family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Sometimes family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.
- Bereavement support. Hospice volunteers can work closely with the hospice’s professional bereavement staff in duties that range from making bereavement calls, to assisting as a support group facilitator to serving refreshments at memorial gatherings and helping with mailings to clients and families.
- Fund-raising and administrative work. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve a hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting possible donors.
How do I become a Hospice Volunteer?
Contact your local hospice for more information. To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with the dying, hospices require that volunteers complete extensive orientation and training sessions, as well as submit to a routine background check. It is important that you understand the philosophy of hospice care and that you get to know the staff and services offered by the hospice program in your community before visiting patients and families.
Ongoing Training Opportunities:
Hospice at HCS Volunteer Training Sessions
Contact Lorraine Bishop, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 603-532-8353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice
Contact Martha Horton, Volunteer Coordinator at 569-2729 for all the specific dates, times, and general information.
VNA of Manchester and Southern NH
The free comprehensive training course will equip participants with the necessary skills to provide support to terminally ill individuals and their caregivers.
- Hospice Philosophy
- Compassion through Active Listening
- Grief and Bereavement
- Medical and Legal Aspects
- And Much More
Training will be held at VNA Hospice
1070 Holt Ave, Manchester, NH
Registration is required: Call 663-4008
Home Health & Hospice Care Training Schedule
Contact: Tanya Prather, email@example.com, 603-557-2806