“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” ~Author Unknown

If you have a passion for compassionately caring for others and are looking for a way to make a difference in the lives of patients facing a life-limiting illness, consider becoming a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers are an important part of our hospice care team and help to improve the quality of life for our patients, their families and their caregivers. To protect our patients and provide proper support to our volunteers, all volunteers must pass a background check and go through extensive training. Our goal is for every volunteer to be successful, so we will provide you the necessary tools to fulfill our mission of serving people with compassion and dignity.

What does a Hospice Volunteer Do?

We have opportunities for patient volunteers, office/administrative volunteers and professional volunteers.

Things that patient volunteers may do:

  • Encourage the sharing of memories and journal their memories
  • Hold a hand and/or paint their nails
  • Read from the newspaper, magazine or book
  • Provide a caring presence and emotional support
  • Assist with writing letters or cards
  • Watch their favorite TV show or movie together
  • Organize photo albums
  • Go for a “wheelchair walk”
  • Play games, music, arts & crafts
  • Helping them fulfill their final wish list
  • Offer respite for family members
  • Helping with pet care (walking the dog, cleaning the litter box)
  • Doing household chores or helping with lawn maintenance

Things that office/administrative volunteers may do:

  • Assist the Volunteer Coordinator
  • Assist the Bereavement Coordinator
  • Help with meeting preparations
  • Assist with the volunteer reports
  • General filing, answering calls, scheduling, mailings
  • Assist with Outreach, Educational Events, Annual Memorial Service
  • Assist with Special Projects

Professional patient volunteers are individuals that possess a specific skillset or qualification. Professional volunteers undergo the same rigorous clinical training, as well as additional training for areas of interest such as bereavement or grief counseling.

Things that a professional volunteer may do:

  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Massage Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Hair Styling
  • Cosmetology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pet Therapy
Volunteer Application

For more information on Touchstone Volunteer Opportunities, please contact:

Dexton Shores, Volunteer Coordinator
(210) 802-7943