Hospice & Palliative Patient Care

Trained volunteers and staff provide practical and emotional support to hospice patients and their families facing the end of life. HVS volunteers respond to a wide variety of requests for assistance. Volunteers become an important part of the circle of care. Their roles become individualized as needed for each patient.  Volunteers can provide:

  • Companionship, including visiting, listening, sharing stories, laughing together, crying together, holding a hand, reading, card games, or just sitting quietly and enjoying each other’s company
  • Respite for family and caregivers
  • Practical help, including meal preparation, light housekeeping, gardening, walking a dog, cleaning a cat box, writing a letter, and many other solutions to needs as determined by the patient, family, caregiver, or Hospice Team
  • Patient care, including repositioning in bed, assisting with ambulation, transferring from bed to chair, toileting, dressing, gentle massage, wiping a brow, or moistening lips
  • Music, song, poetry or art
  • Assistance with errands or shopping
  • Transportation to appointments, outings and recreation

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