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Spreading joy as a hospice volunteer

Spreading joy as a hospice volunteer

Enhabit Health and Hospice

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8201 E. 34th St. N. Bldg 1500 Suite 1505 | Wichita, KS 67226   |  Sedgwick County

Animals, Hospitals/Medical, Seniors
Dates: ongoing


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Role(s): Friendly Visitor, pet visitor or music visitor
Requirements: To volunteer with Enhabit, you must: Be least 14 years old Have experienced no significant personal loss in the past year Complete a criminal background check and tuberculosis test paid for by Enhab
Description: What does a hospice volunteer do?

Volunteers ensure that the patient and family’s needs are met in a variety of ways. This can be through companionship, assisting with everyday tasks or providing respite time to a patient’s caregivers. Hospice volunteers can also make an impact by assisting the hospice agency with administrative duties.

This can look like:

Sitting with a patient, socializing and providing a listening ear
Helping with general office support (filing, shredding, etc.)
Running errands for patients and families
Writing a journal or life story with patients as a memento for the family
Playing games, reading or listening to music with patients
Walking or caring for family pets
Assisting with light house cleaning
Providing bereavement support for family members
Hospice volunteers have the unique opportunity to provide a type of care that is companionship-based. This non-clinical support oftentimes helps patients remain in high spirits. It might even give them or their loved ones a break from thinking about their illness.

Volunteers can also use their unique backgrounds to connect with patients on a deeper level. Volunteers can give the gift of music to bring joy to hospice patient. Volunteers can bring their dogs to visit patients. Volunteers can craft with patients. Volunteers can help patients with legacy projects.

Background check required.

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