Be a vital part of the hospice team. Beloit Regional Hospice uses a team approach including patients, family members, nurses, social workers, home health aides, physicians, clergy, and volunteers, who all work together to plan and coordinate care. Hospice volunteers become a special and important part of this team. They share the gift of themselves to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families.
Volunteers are asked to provide only those services that they are comfortable with and hospice staff members are always available to support volunteer needs. Beloit Regional Hospice provides a comprehensive training course for new volunteers or those interested in learning more about the organization and its services. These two-day classes include the following topics:
- Hospice philosophy and history
- Personal death awareness
- When prognosis is terminal
- Role of the volunteer
- Family dynamics
- Communication and listening skills
- Spiritual care
- Grief and loss
- Funeral home visits
- Body mechanics and universal precautions
Volunteers fill needs in a variety of areas:
- Direct Care – assist patients and families by providing:
- Caregiver relief
- Light Housekeeping
- Grocery shopping
- Spiritual and emotional support
- Administrative Support
- Data entry
- Cataloguing library books
- Switchboard relief
- Record keeping
- Collating materials
- Special Events
- Fundraising committees
- Staff events
- Staff health fair booths
- Distribute promotional materials
Time commitments depend upon the availability of the volunteer and what type of work the individual will be doing. The volunteer coordinator will stay in close contact with volunteers and provide support when needed. Volunteers also receive information about what’s happening at BRH and other volunteer opportunities through the monthly newsletter.
Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 608-363-7241 or 877-363-7421 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can answer questions you may have, discuss your particular situation, and sign you up for the next volunteer training.
You can make a difference!