The role of the hospice volunteer

Spencer County Hospice is truly blessed with a large, active network of lay and professional volunteers. Volunteers go to patient’s homes and stay for a few hours at a time.  They provide many services while in the home, including shopping, running errands, cooking a meal, reading a book or talking with the patient. Hospice volunteers are well trained and provide an invaluable service to hospice clients.

One of the primary services hospice volunteers provide is just “being there.” Some personal care tasks are provided by volunteers such as assisting with meals, assistance with going to the bathroom, and helping with position changes for immobile patients. The services provided are based on the needs of the patient and their family.

Many volunteers also provide services that are not “patient direct”.  These services include office work, help with fundraising, serving on our board of directors, and numerous other tasks.

At Spencer County Hospice we have over 15 trained volunteers throughout the county who give freely of their time.  Our volunteers receive 12 hours of training upon becoming a volunteer, and in-service education continues as long as they are a part of Spencer County Hospice.  We also have several professional volunteers.  Our counselor, and medical director are volunteers.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Spencer County Hospice, please call the office.