Become an essential member of our team. Volunteer with us.
How will I know what to do?
Every volunteer receives free and comprehensive training before being assigned a volunteer job. They learn about the hospice philosophy, caring for the terminally ill, grief & loss education, health & safety precautions and more. They talk about what kinds of volunteering they are interested in and what talents their volunteer coordinator sees in them.
Volunteers work with a clinical team of a doctor, nurse, aide, chaplain and social worker. Because they spend time with the patient, volunteers who provide direct patient care can often give the team valuable feedback about issues that arise during their visits.
Why do hospices have volunteers?
When hospice care became a Medicare benefit in 1982, it was written into the law that community volunteers had to provide a minimum of 5 percent of total patient care hours. It is one of the things which makes hospice care unique in healthcare.
The thinking was that volunteers would provide a kind of caring and point of view that neither the professional healthcare providers on the team nor the family, who is also part of the hospice team, would offer. Today every Medicare-certified hospice—public or private, secular or faith-based, for-profit or non-profit—trains community volunteers to provide 5 percent of patient care hours. It’s the law.
If you're ready to take the next step, contact us today. We can talk about your interests as a volunteer and guide you down the rewarding path of volunteering with Bluegrass Care Navigators℠.
Or if you prefer, contact our volunteer coordinators for more information for a specific area.