VolunteersVolunteers are the heart of hospice. They are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team and play a key role in providing care. Hospice of Charleston was started by volunteers, and our future depends on the commitment and support from generous people in the community. Our structured volunteer training program prepares you to work directly with patients and their families, in their home or at our Hospice Center, participate in community programs, special events or assist with office projects.
Here are some of the many ways our volunteers may help out:
For the patient and family:
- Providing companionship for the patient and/or family members.
- Sitting with the patient to provide relief for the caregiver.
- Running errands for the patient, such as going to the post office, grocery store, etc.
- Reading to the patient.
- Writing letters or cards for the patient.
- Assisting with meal preparation.
- Being a good listener to the patient or family members as they share their worries, fears, memories and hopes.
- Help with baking goodies like cakes and cookies for patients' birthdays or special events.
- Assist with light household upkeep or yard work.
- Eleventh hour volunteering - Volunteering support for patients who are facing end of life issues or for families in crisis.(Requires additional 2 hours of training)
- Providing emotional support to family members following the death of their loved one.
- Filing and preparing admission packets.
- Assisting with bulk mailings of newsletters to supporters, volunteers and physicians.
- Providing clerical support.
- Helping with bereavement mailings and phone calls.
- Assisting with preparation of Hospice-sponsored programs such as our volunteer training program, bereavement programs and special events.
- Speaking to church groups and civic clubs about hospice care.
- Participating at health fairs and other community events where Hospice of Charleston is represented.
If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please give Shannon Polny a call at (843) 529-3100 or e-mail her at Shannon.Polny@gentiva.com.
You may make a donation online in honor of or in memory of a loved one by going to www.gentivahospicefoundation.org.