So important, they are required by law.
The Medicare law that defines hospice care in America requires that volunteer hours equal at least 5% of the hospice provider’s total patient care hours. The reasoning was that, along with maximizing healthcare resources, volunteers would keep hospice providers community oriented and patient-and-family focused. It worked. Today, hospice volunteers devote more than 21 million hours annually to patients and their families nationwide. The past 31 years have proven that the best hospice care is provided by a unique combination of trained professionals and a caring community.
Hospice care creates an environment of comfort and dignity for both patients and their families.
Hospice volunteers have an amazing opportunity- the helping hand and calming presence of our volunteers make an enormous difference in the lives of others.
Hospice is a richer and more profound experience because of the contributions of its volunteers.
Hospice volunteers are as diverse as the patients they serve, covering all ages, ethnic backgrounds and lifestyles. Some volunteers are retired; others are working professionals or students. They use their time and talents in a variety of ways: visiting patients to read or offer respite for a family caregiver; running errands; cutting and styling patients’ hair or offering a massage; playing a patient’s favorite tune; bringing their pet for a loving, furry visit; doing some household repair; helping in the hospice office.
Volunteers bring a heartfelt energy, love, dedication and compassion that enhance the professional skills of the rest of the patient care team.
If you have a passion for caring for others and want to make a difference in people’s lives, we at St. Luke Missionary Hospice hope you’ll consider becoming a volunteer.
By being a St. Luke Missionary Hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another persons life and in your community.