Hanover, PA, Hospice Volunteering

Why do hospices have volunteers? When hospice care became a Medicare benefit in 1982, the law included specific provisions for hospice volunteers. This combination of trained professionals and a caring community is one of the things that makes hospice unique in healthcare.

Hospice volunteers are an important part of the hospice team at the Visiting Nurse Association of Hanover & Spring Grove. Volunteers fill a wide range of roles, from providing patient support to performing clerical tasks to ensure our patients and  families are cared for. If you live in the area and are considering becoming a hospice volunteer, there are many different opportunities to choose from.

 

Available Opportunities:

  • Hospice Patient Care Volunteers spend their time with hospice patients. Volunteers travel to the place where the patient currently resides. This could be the patient's home, family members home, or a long term care facility. Volunteers do not provide any medical or hands-on care. The volunteers' visits allow caregivers the opportunity to run errands, attend appointments, catch up on household duties, or to simply rest. During your visits you could be reading, providing a comforting touch, playing/singing music, or being a calm presence.
  • Hospice Veteran Volunteers have the unique ability to relate and connect with Veteran patients and their families. The Vet to Vet program aims to pair recruited Veteran Volunteers with hospice patients who have been identified as Veterans. Veteran volunteers are also able to present the "We Honor Veterans" certifications and gifts to the patient.
  • Pet Therapy Volunteers provide patients with an opportunity to interact with appropriate animals for therapeutic, tactile and emotional stimulation.
  • Bereavement Volunteers provide continued support to family and friends after the death of a loved one with phone calls, visits, and monthly mailings.
  • Administrative Volunteers provide support in the VNA office: filing, preparing packets, mailings, computer input, shredding, gathering recycling materials, fundraising and special projects.

Benefits Of Hospice Volunteering

Hospice provides unparalleled support and presence during difficult situations. Being a volunteer allows you to contribute to a good cause and help make your community a better place. If a family member has ever received services through hospice, you can give back and make a difference in the lives of others by volunteering.

The rewards of volunteering with our Hospice Program can last a lifetime. The patients and families that you will connect with will enrich your life and your service will bring comfort to theirs. Volunteering cultivates purpose and value for you and our clients.

If you live in the Hanover area and want more information on how to become a volunteer, contact the VNA of Hanover & Spring Grove at (717) 637-1227 or toll-free at (800) 422-3197 or apply in person at 440 Madison Street. If you prefer, you can email us at vna@vnahanover.org. We provide training and continued support for all of our volunteers.