ViaQuest recognizes the physical and emotional stress associated with caring for a loved one. Hospice supports the need for caregivers to have some respite from the responsibilities associated with caring for a loved one.
ViaQuest volunteers are the heart of our hospice services. They are dedicated and caring people from our community who have the ability to listen sensitively and an awareness of personal boundaries. Our volunteers undergo a comprehensive training program with an emphasis on compassion and caring with the goal of providing the best assistance to our patients and their caregivers. There is a wide range of opportunities, including assisting patients and their families, providing information, and being a source of encouragement at any point for those who need it.
Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to patients and their families. They provide hospice respite care so that caregivers can take a break, run errands or take a nap. Some of these services include being available for companionship, listening, simply “being there,” sharing a walk, reading books or newspapers, watching television, and preparing meals. These volunteers also offer practical support often needed by hospice patients, families and caregivers. These duties may include picking up needed supplies, light house cleaning, basic yard work or grocery shopping. Volunteers visit patients who reside in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or the patient’s home.
Volunteers can share their special talents with patients, such as playing a musical instrument, providing hairstyling or manicure services, sewing/knitting lap blankets (in office), clerical office work, or any other special skills.
The Hospice Volunteer Coordinator schedules routine visits with patients requesting a volunteer. The Coordinator along with the Hospice team will make every effort to find the best volunteer match for each patient.
We would love to have you join our volunteer team! Please select the office closest to you from below to fill out a volunteer application and someone will contact you soon.