Hospice of Dickinson County Volunteers
The Hospice of Dickinson County volunteers are an integral part of the caring services hospice offers to terminally ill patients. Hospice volunteers may provide respite care to hospice family members, perform clerical duties, complete marketing projects, and assist with fundraising and education. All hospice volunteers must participate in a special training.
Volunteers receive an initial orientation to the volunteer program and additional training sessions are available throughout the year on various topics related to hospice and palliative care.
Orientation topics include:
- The history and philosophy of hospice
- An overview of services
- Regulatory compliance
- Patient care
- The process of death and dying
- Methods of offering compassionate care to the terminally ill patient and their loved ones
- 1Bereavement Support Program
Hospice families are not forgotten after a death. Volunteers are an integral part of Hospice’s Bereavement Support Program. They visit bereaved family members and help with mailings of bereavement support materials.
- 2Chaplain Program
Volunteer chaplains provide spiritual support to patients, family members, and staff. Chaplains are compassionate and non-judgmental listeners. They can pray with someone (if requested), and offer encouragement and spiritual support.
- 3Fundraising and Administrative Support
Volunteers with clerical skills serve Hospice by helping in the office with simple administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities range from preparing mailings or thank you letters to helping with fundraising events.
- 4Patient Support
This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, bringing in music, running errands, or sometimes just sitting quietly and holding a patient’s hand.
- 5Respite and Support for Family Members
Hospice volunteers assist with shopping and light household duties, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands and get some time away from the house. Family members also appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who understands what they are going through.
How to Sign Up!
If you are interested in signing up or you just want more information on the hospice volunteer program, you may do so by contacting our Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Adrianne Unruh at:
785-263-6630 Ext. 6403
Or you may contact us on our Facebook page:
Home Health & Hospice of Dickinson County
2023 Schedule of Events
|January 12||Annual Hospice Meeting||6:30PM||Abilene HH&H
1111 N Brady
|February 9 -10||New Volunteer Training||4:00 - 7:00PM||Herington HH&H
11 N Broadway
|March 2 - 3||New Volunteer Training||4:00 - 7:00PM||Abilene HH&H
1111 N Brady
|April 19||Volunteer Appreciation BINGO||1:30PM||Nichols Education Center
1003 N Brady
|September (day TBD)||Celebration of Life||6:00PM||Herington Lake|
|November 9||Annual Volunteer Banquet||6:00PM||TBD|
|December 14||Herington Candlelight Services||6:00PM||TBD|
|December 19||Abilene Candlelight Services||6:00PM||TBD|