Serenity Hospice

Be A Hospice Volunteer

Today there are almost 500,000 caring individuals serving as hospice volunteers across the United States. Serving as valued members of the hospice care team, volunteers enhance the patient and family experience by helping meet specific needs. Volunteers give their time and compassion to patients and families dealing with end-of-life care needs as well as assisting with administrative office needs and bereavement support. Hospice Partners relies on our volunteers to assist us in delivering exceptional end-of-life care.

Volunteers range in age from teens to senior citizens. Some volunteers come to hospice as part of their high school or college course requirements. Some individuals experienced the benefits of hospice through the loss of a loved one and now want to give back through serving others during this difficult time. Some volunteers have professional skills or specialized expertise, but most are just empathetic people who want to help and serve their community. The most important characteristics of volunteers for Hospice of America are an empathetic heart, a desire to help others and a big smile! Hospice Partners welcomes all who want to help us serve patients and families during this most difficult time.

Hospice volunteers can dedicate as little or as much time as they wish. Some volunteers donate several hours each week while others commit to a few hours each month. Some hospice volunteers prefer to offer services on an as-needed basis. All volunteers will have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one discussion with our Volunteer Coordinator to discuss their interests and availability.

All hospice volunteers receive training to ensure that they feel comfortable performing their requested/assigned care activities. Listed below are examples of common hospice volunteer duties:

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Direct Care Activities

You determine the amount of time you can provide, but generally it is between two and six hours of support per patient visit.

  • Being present with the patient to allow their caregiver to rest and/or run errands.
  • Listening to the patient. They may share their concerns, regrets, and/or areas of thankfulness with you. You may have opportunities to encourage the patient to share their life story (and possibly capture a verbal or written summary of this information).
  • Engaging in the patient’s hobbies – perhaps reading to them, listening to music, discussing current events or playing a board or card game.
  • Assisting the patient to make short trips outside, assisting with phone calls and/or letter writing.
  • Visiting with family members/caregivers. These individuals often appreciate the opportunity to talk with someone who understands what they are going through.
  • Visiting pet volunteer if you have a pet that is therapy certified.

Bereavement Support Activities

These activities are typically performed by telephone from the hospice office. Bereavement Support volunteers may provide as little as one hour of service or up to four or more hours of bereavement support.

  • Make monthly follow-up phone calls to survivors to identify any needs or issues.
  • Assist with grief support mail-outs.
  • Assist with grief support meetings.
  • Assist with agency memorial service preparation and participation.

Office Support/Non-Direct Care Support

  • Photocopying, filing and/or organizing supplies
  • Assist with mail outs and mail delivery
  • Make “tuck-in” calls to patients prior to each weekend to ensure they have needed medications and supplies.
  • Make craft items (cards, lap blankets, slippers, etc.) for patients
  • Assist patients with yard work, small building and home repair projects

Volunteer Wish List

Listed below are a few special service areas where volunteers are particularly needed:

  • Volunteers available Sunday mornings to allow families to attend religious services
  • Volunteers with trained pet therapy animals
  • Hair stylists who can cut hair in the patient’s home
  • Musicians who can play for patients in their home or in facilities
  • Veterans
  • End-of-life vigil so no patient dies alone

Please fill out our contact us form or call us at 503-639-0600 to learn more about how Hospice Partners can help you and/or your loved ones, today.

About Serenity Hospice

"I don't want to be alone, I want my death to be happy, I don't want to be hurting." She was a younger adult, living with friends that cared about her, but couldn't provide for her care, her family lived at a distance, she was scared. Our promise: No one dies alone, afraid, or in pain. "We'll be there for you," we said as we looked her in the eyes and held her hands. And we were.
There are many hospices, but only one Serenity Hospice. At Serenity, we take our commitment to providing care at the end of your life or your loved ones life as seriously as if you were our own family member. We have cared for our own family members. We believe your journey should be focused on living each of your days fully, however YOU define that. That means we provide care for all aspects of your life: physical, emotional, spiritual. We care for you and those who care about you. We do this by doing "Whatever it Takes When it Matters Most." We do it by holding ourselves to the highest ethical standards and with the integrity you would expect of someone coming into the most intimate places of your life. Explore this site to see the impact our care has had on others at the end of their life. Discover our exceptional care to Veterans, check out who will care for you, including our complimentary alternative therapies, or give us a call for further information. We look forward to being of service to you on this most sacred of journeys.

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Serenity Hospice, Portland
11481 SW Hall Boulevard
Suite 200
Tigard, OR 97223
Phone: (503) 639-0600
Fax: (503) 639-0699

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