Volunteers are the backbone of the hospice team and Delta has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are counted on to: listen to the concerns of patients, give family caregivers a break by visiting a patient or engaging in an activity with them, do light chores and housekeeping if needed, and support patients and their families with information and comfort.
Thorough training is provided to volunteers, who are taught the hospice approach to death and dying, and learn how to put those ideals into practice.
Being a hospice volunteer isn’t easy, especially when interacting with terminally-ill patients. Volunteers have to address death and dying in a mature and emotionally-grounded approach and be able to discuss death in an open, direct and practical manner with patients and family members.
Volunteers also can help families grieve following a patient’s death, often attending funeral and memorial services. Volunteers also can be involved in bereavement counseling if the family chooses. And when volunteers aren’t helping patients and families, they assist the hospice by doing clerical work, answering phones, coordinating support services and raising money.
To join Delta’s volunteer program, contact Volunteer Coordinator at 888-591-0709.