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Volunteer

Volunteers

Volunteers are critical to the success of care. They help provide patient transport, office support, work in local hospice shops, and even offer complementary therapies. Volunteers also take part in a variety of fundraising activities.

How much time do volunteers commit to hospice?

We understand your time is valuable and your schedule may already be quite full. We value your interest in our program and are committed to working with you and your schedule. You can commit as much or as little time as your life and schedule permit. Some volunteer activities such as office projects might involve less than one hour per week. Other activities, such as patient companionship, may involve two or more hours per week.

Volunteer Roles and Training Requirements:

Activities Volunteer for Seniors

  • Assists with activities such as bingo or crafts in assisted living facilities
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Three (3) hours site-specific training and completion of volunteer file.

Administrative & Clerical Volunteer

  • Provides clerical support in the hospice office
  • Four (4) hour basic volunteer training
  • Completion of personnel file

Bereavement Volunteer

  • Assists Bereavement staff with providing grief support to families of hospice patients
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hour position-specific bereavement support training and completion of volunteer file

Long Term Care (LTC) Team Volunteer

  • Provides company to hospice patients in long term care residences
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour site-specific training & completion of personnel file

Meal Assistance Volunteer

  • Assists patients living in facilities with their meal
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Two (2) hour site-specific training & completion of personnel file

Patient & Family Support Volunteer

  • Stays with the patient while the caregiver takes a break from caregiving inside or away from the home
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hours comfort care training with shadowing opportunity available & completion of personnel file

Pet Therapy

  • Credentialing through an established pet credentialing program
  • Pet and owner/handler provide supportive visits to patients and families
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Completion of personnel file

Skilled or Professional Volunteer

  • Certification/Licensure requirements may apply
  • Provides a professional skill like cosmetology, pet therapy, nursing, massage, manicures, music, media, etc.
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • One (1) hour position-specific training and completion of personnel file

Special Projects Volunteer

  • Makes gowns, bibs, catheter bag covers, pillows, care bags, wooden memory boxes, blankets, etc.
  • One (1) hour training
  • Completion of personnel file – requirements vary by project

Spiritual Care Volunteer

  • Professional education/credentialing required
  • Provides spiritual support to patients and families
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Four (4) hours position-specific training and completion of personnel file

Veteran to Veteran Volunteer

  • Visits hospice patients who are veterans & assist staff with thank you presentations
  • Eight (8) hour volunteer general training
  • Completion of personnel file

Vigil Care Volunteer

  • Sits at the bedside of dying patients
  • Sixteen (16) hour volunteer general training
  • Three (3) hour site-specific training & completion of personnel file

Getting Started

Bonita Springs Healthcare Services is committed to the highest quality of care for patients and families and the highest standards of support and education for our volunteers. Due to the sensitive nature of end-of-life care, volunteers are carefully selected and trained. To get started, we ask the following from all of our volunteers:

  • Complete a Volunteer Application. Please mail, fax or scan your completed application to:
  • Complete personnel requirements, such as:
    • Application and other forms
    • Immunization Record – documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) if born in or after 1957.
    • Tuberculosis Skin Test (two-step) – provided as part of volunteer training (basic screening costs covered by Bonita Springs Hospice Care)
    • Background Check (costs covered by Bonita Springs Hospice Care)
    • Automobile Insurance
    • Driver’s License
  • If you have experienced a recent loss, we ask that you wait one year before volunteering in homes with patients and families.
  • Attend all training sessions for the type of volunteer work you want to do.

After completing the personnel file and training sessions, we ask for a commitment to volunteer for a period of weeks, months, or years. We work with you and your schedule.

We have opportunities for seasonal, time-limited, and long term volunteers.

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