Volunteering for Hospice
The mission of LMHPCO is to improve the quality of hospice & palliative care in Louisiana & Mississippi.
Ever thought about getting involved as a hospice volunteer?
Every hospice agency is seeking volunteers to help them improve the care they provide to terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice volunteers provide support to families and enhance the quality of life for patients by reducing the family’s caregiving burdens. Hospice volunteers offer companionship to people living with a serious illness and help family caregivers in a variety of ways. Every hospice volunteer offers a special kindness that only a volunteer can bring to end of life care. Volunteers are required to go through an orientation and training program, as well as pass a background check, preparing them to meet the unique needs of hospice patients and their families in their community. Volunteers are trained in the philosophy of hospice care, given a comprehensive overview of the services provided by the hospice agency they volunteer for, as well as the physical, emotional, social and spiritual concerns that people encounter at the end of life. Volunteers are trained in effective communication skills when speaking with patients and their families and provide information about grief and loss. Some hospice volunteers choose to volunteer their services to complete administrative tasks rather than direct patient care. The choice is completely that of the volunteers as to whether they contribute to the agency’s efforts in the patient’s home or in the hospice’s office. Volunteers are the heart of the hospice and always welcome.
To become a hospice volunteer, go to our “FIND CARE” button on this website and enter your zip code. Our database will provide you with a list of hospice agencies that service your community. You can contact them directly and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator for that agency. You can also call 1-888-546-1500 and we’ll be happy to put you in touch with a hospice nearest you.
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