"I have volunteered for many organizations, but I have never felt as appreciated by them or embraced in care and gratitude as by EvergreenHealth Hospice!"
Hospice Care volunteer opportunities include:
Provide companionship, along with practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients, as well as respite for the caregivers. Care is provided in patients' private homes, retirement homes, adult family homes and skilled nursing facilities, as well as in our inpatient hospice center. Volunteers are able to determine in which areas of King and Snohomish counties they would like to serve.
Be the friendly, welcoming face as each guest, patient, and staff enters the hospice center. Greet and assist guests and families who arrive to visit patients or to attend a meeting. Conduct tours of the facility. Be available to provide compassionate presence and a listening ear.
Massage is the most requested form of comfort therapies at EvergreenHealth Hospice. Many patients spend a good part of their days immobile in a recliner or bed and become contracted and stiff; some patients develop severe, painful contractures, all which may benefit from massage therapy. Massage volunteers must have appropriate education and licensure upon starting volunteer service.
Provides approved conventional and complementary comfort therapies to hospice patients. All therapies are based on quality of life and work towards reducing pain and anxiety, as well as increasing comfort. Volunteers must have appropriate education, certification or licensure upon starting volunteer service.
Comfort therapies include:
Volunteers help meet the grief and bereavement needs of individuals and their families as a result of the death of a loved one. They provide telephone support to the bereaved, who are assessed by hospice social workers as having low-to-moderate grief risks. Phone volunteers work a 2-4 hour shift making phone calls.
Volunteers also call patients or caregivers weekly to make sure they have everything they need for the weekend, and that their pain and symptoms are under control. They follow specific procedures to notify team members so that the needs can be addressed.
Volunteers help meet the grief and bereavement needs of individuals and their families as a result of the death of a loved one. Phone volunteers are responsible for telephone support to the bereaved, who are assessed by hospice social workers as having low-to-moderate grief risks. Phone volunteers work a 2-4 hour shift making phone calls.
People who do not have the time or mobility to volunteer at the center or in homes may still contribute by using their needlework skills. We have a continuous need for quilts, lap blankets, catheter bag covers, caps, mittens, etc. We have found these handmade gifts to be very comforting and touching to the patients and their families. The blankets, in particular, become treasured keepsakes for the families after their loved one dies. If you are interested in contributing to the comfort of our patients in this way, please contact the hospice volunteer coordinators for specifications of the items.