'I know I have made a difference, at least in one person's life at this point. And I know it's toward the end of their life but that makes it all the more important." Anonymous
The hospice movement in the U.S. was started by volunteers--people who wanted to help bring comfort, dignity and support to the patients and families who were affected by life-limiting illness.
The 468,000 plus hospice volunteers at work in hospices throughout the U.S. are an essential part of the hospice philosophy of care which recongnizes that dying is not just a medical event but a personal one as well. These, including our nearly 100 volunteers at Peterson Hospice, work tirelessly to 'de-institutionalize' the dying experience and provide a more humane system of care for the dying and their families. In fact, federal law requires at leasr 5% of patient care hours be provided by volunteers (if the hospice receives Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.)
Volunteers in hospice find it personally gratifying, intellectually stimulating, and emotionally meaningful to assist those in need at a critical point in their lives. Participants range in age from stay-at-home moms, working professionals, to retirees. Some hospices have specific minimum age requirements, Some volunteers may have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just people who want to help their friends and neighbors and serve the community.
Peterson Hospice has a wide range of opportunites available for local hospice volunteers including:
For more information on each of these areas, download our Peterson Hospice Volunteer Program brochure here.
We offer all of the training and support you need to support the cause you love! Depending on area of service, additional training may be available or necessary. For more infomration on our Volunteer Program, call our office at (830) 258-7799.