Our Hospice Volunteer Philosophy
Our hope is to improve the quality of life of our patients and families with the help of our volunteers, who are there to care, share, love, laugh, cry, listen and understand. Our volunteers bring the outside world in to someone who is home-bound and can bring solace and comfort to a patient with a gentle touch, a quiet word or a smile. Our volunteers are open to people's spiritual needs and are always concerned for the welfare of both the patient as well as the patient's family and friends.
Roles and tasks where volunteers help include administrative, inpatient unit support, home care and bereavement. Click areas of volunteering to see a more detailed list.
TMC Hospice volunteers who work with patients must complete 30 hours of training, including 24 hours of classroom work and approximately six hours shadowing an experienced volunteer. TMC Hospice typically offers two training sessions a year, one in the spring and one in the summer.
Because we invest greatly in our volunteers, we ask for a long-term commitment to the program with regular participation.
Is hospice volunteering for me?
Some things to think about when deciding if hospice volunteering is right for you:
Hospice volunteers need to:
- Enjoy working as a team
- Enjoy learning new things and meeting new people
- Be flexible and able to accept change
- Be dependable and responsible
- Have compassion and a sense of humor
- Have come to terms with their own mortality
- Be OK with lifestyles and views of death and dying that are different than their own
- Know their boundaries and be able to say "No."
Our next training is scheduled for February 2016.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with TMC Hospice, click and complete the application in the Volunteer Packet. Space for training is limited. Interviews are scheduled with those applicants who meet our current needs.
If you have any questions or want more information, call (520) 324-2433 or email our volunteer coordinator.
Current volunteers can click here to access the Hospice volunteer resources page. (Password required)
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