What exactly do Family Care Giver Volunteers do at Hospice of Central New York? They provide much-needed services for Hospice patients and families. They may sit with the patient while the family goes out for a much-needed break. Volunteers might help by running errands, helping with chores around the house, and always Family Care Giver Volunteers provide a great deal of emotional support to the patient and family. Family Care Giver Volunteers are friendly companions and not expected to perform hands-on care.
Prospective Hospice volunteers complete a 20-person hour preparation program that deals with all aspects of Hospice care and helps volunteers feel confident and reassured about helping someone at end of life. Our next training program begins Thursday, September 20, 2018, and will continue for a total of 8 consecutive Thursdays at 5 PM concluding on November 11, 2018. Call the volunteer office at 315-634-1100.
Each volunteer immediately after the training is completed meets with the volunteer manager and discusses their own preferences. A volunteer is never expected to do anything that makes them uncomfortable or travel places they prefer not to go.
As a volunteer, you are considered a member of the Hospice team. Which consists of a nurse, social worker, chaplain, bereavement counselor and doctor. Each Hospice patient and family has their own individual plan of care and volunteers will have very clear information about how they will be helping. Hospice is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year so there is always someone to help only a phone call away.