Houston Hospice has a robust volunteer program. Volunteers help set the tone for the compassionate care our patients and families receive.
As an integral part of the Houston Hospice team, volunteers serve our patients and families with caring expertise in various settings where needed throughout our 13-county service area.
TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS
PATIENT CARE VOLUNTEERS
Houston Hospice volunteers may choose to work directly with patients and families in our inpatient care center, in assisted living communities or in patients’ homes. Their support activities include, but are not limited to: sitting with patients, translating, making phone calls, and providing music or pet therapy. Volunteers who provide direct patient and family assistance are required to complete a 25-hour training course.
NON-PATIENT CARE VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers may choose to serve in non-patient assistance efforts. These services include, but are not limited to: office help, assisting at fundraising events and representing Houston Hospice at community education events.
How are our volunteers trained?
Patient care volunteers are required to attend orientation and training sessions that provide 25 hours of engaging instruction. These sessions are offered twice a year, primarily at our Texas Medical Center site. Training classes are also held in the El Campo area.
Our volunteer training is more extensive than most hospices because we believe our training thoroughly prepares volunteers for the challenges of working with seriously ill patients and their families.
BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER
Completion of a 25-hour training series is required of all persons interested in becoming hospice volunteers, both direct patient care as well as administrative office support. These training series are held twice a year at either our Texas Medical Center site or in the El Campo and Richmond areas.
Our extensive training prepares volunteers for the challenges of working with terminally ill patients and their families. Topics include listening skills, grief and loss, the medical aspects of end-of-life, and the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of care. Hospice volunteers are required to provide a calm, caring presence during challenging situations and we believe our training helps develop these skills.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
By Volunteering with Houston Hospice, You Make A Big Difference in the Lives of Patients and Families
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING: A HAPPY EFFECT
- Bring vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community
- Helping others can help reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose
- Giving in even simple ways can help others and improve your health and happiness
Submitting an application and completing our training does NOT guarantee acceptance into our hospice volunteer program. The selection process includes, but is not solely dependent on, successful completion of all variables found in Volunteer Screening for Participation.
We will notify all volunteer applicants of their acceptance status.