How It Works
Volunteers are an integral part of the professional team. We understand today’s world and how busy everyone is.
- Incorporating the skills and needs of the volunteer is just as important to us as serving the patients in need.
- The type of volunteer work that you wish to do determines the type and level of training required.
- Our volunteers give what they can, when they can. We believe that even one hour a week can make a difference.
- Opportunities are flexible. Once trained, our volunteers choose each assignment based on their own personal schedule and level of commitment.
Without Volunteers, hospices could not continue to provide the quality compassionate care which Patient and Families need at this difficult time of life.
What do Volunteers Do?
Friendly Visit Companion Volunteers – non-medical friendly visits at the bedside
We Honor Veterans – Veterans serving veterans
Love On Leashes Pet Team Volunteers – Dogs trained and insured in animal assisted activities
Together We Serve – teams of two train together and serve together
Music Companion – beside visits to provide live or recorded music entertainment
Spiritual Companion – supportive spiritual support
Forget Me Not Legacy Volunteers – Creating lasting memories for families
Bereavement – Callers that support our 13 month bereavement program
Administrative Support Volunteers provide administrative assistance in our offices for activities that support Direct Care service. (Phones, filing, mailings etc. bereavement phone calls, assisting at fairs or expos, recruitment)
Hands To Hearts Special Project Volunteers provide crafting projects (lap blankets/prayer shawls or may participate in Forget Me Not Legacy projects (memory pillows/memory bears etc.) or any creative project that benefits our patients.
Whether working directly with patients or working in our office, or working from home, volunteering with hospice is truly “work of the heart” and we are blessed by the talent and diversity of our volunteers. Come join us and exercise your heart today!
All volunteers participate in orientation and training specific to program being served.
Where Can CHC Be Provided?
CHC can be provided in the place where a patient resides such as:
- A private residence
- An Assisted Living Facility
- A long term care facility (LTC) or non-skilled nursing facility (NF) (if the patient is not receiving a skilled level of care, i.e. Medicare Part A skilled benefit)
- Providers need to be aware of how nursing facilities are licensed in their state as this will impact location of care codes on the hospice claim form. For example, all nursing facilities in Connecticut and New York are licensed as skilled nursing facilities.
- This location of care would be coded on the claim form as Q5003, Hospice care provided in a nursing long term care facility (LTC) or non-skilled nursing facility (NF)
- A hospice facility if the patient is not receiving a general inpatient level of care