There is Someone to Call: A Patient Care Volunteer
What if there was someone you could rely on when you needed a break? A kind, supportive person who understands what it's like to be a caregiver — someone you know will help?
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Any hospice patient can request a volunteer join their care team. We highly recommend including a volunteer because of the valuable support they can provide to caregivers and families. Many of our volunteers were once helped by hospice themselves. They were caregivers to parents, siblings, spouses or children. They felt the same stresses and struggles you may be feeling right now.
Our volunteers undergo a rigorous training program which includes the same screenings required for our staff. Because of the extensive vetting process, families can feel as confident inviting our volunteer into their home. Although volunteers support is often tailored to meet the needs of the patient/family, the primary goal is to ease the stress on patient and caregiver. They can often:
Give "rest breaks" for tired caregivers
Keep patients company with social visits
Listen - Provide emotional support
Check in with friendly phone calls
Assist family members with small tasks
If you could use the kind of help a volunteer can give, please call us at (828) 879-1601 and ask for the Volunteer Director.