What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers play an important role in the care provided by Hudson Valley Hospice. They are specially trained to provide comfort, support, and companionship to patients and their families for a few hours each week.
Volunteers can also play a vital role at hospice without coming into contact with patients. Volunteers can assist with administrative support in the office, with community education, assisting at fund-raising events and helping to recruit other volunteers.
All volunteers are asked to make a year-long commitment to hospice. Patient and family volunteers usually give three hours each week when working with a patient and family. Some volunteers give more time depending on their availability and personal commitments.
Administrative volunteers who are needed for office support may work on a weekly basis, typically giving three hours each week during business hours, doing filing, mailings, data entry, etc.
Community outreach and fund-raising volunteers make commitments to help with special events; for example: community information tables, or the annual Tree of Life.
All volunteers are assigned and supervised by the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator and work with the entire hospice team.
How can I help?
Visiting with a patient so the caregiver can do other things
Taking a patient to a medical appointment or for a drive on a sunny day
Picking up prescriptions, or going grocery shopping for the family
Providing emotional support and companionship
Assisting with Hudson Valley Hospice telephones, filing, mailings, data entry
Volunteers with special skills such as a second language, hobbies, skilled crafts, etc. are—from time to time—needed to help patients and families
Community Outreach and Fundraising Events
Helping staff Hudson Valley Hospice’s annual Tree of Life event, Golf Tournament, or information booths around the community
To prepare volunteers, hospice provides a training course with a thorough background about hospice care and the special needs of people with advanced illnesses.
If you are interested in becoming a Hudson Valley Hospice volunteer, please fill out the form below, or contact the Volunteer Office by calling 845-473-2273 extension 1124. We appreciate your interest! And so will our patients.
When a patient reaches the end stages of an illness or disease, hospice offers palliative care to help control pain and reduce anxiety. We improve quality of life and time spent with loved ones.
Emotional and Spiritual Support
Hospice care provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, including grief and bereavement resources. You and your loved ones don’t have to face these challenges alone.
Medical Care Management
Hospice manages medical care, in-home visits from care providers, acquiring medical supplies, and end-of-life planning.
Respect for the Patient and Family Wishes
Hospice strives to provide the highest quality end-of-life care so that our patients may live with comfort and dignity. Every family is on a different journey, and we acknowledge and respect your decisions and plans. Our goal is to make this difficult time as easy as possible.
We improve quality of life by relieving patients and their loved ones of much of the stress that comes with providing end-of-life care. Families can focus on being together and sharing memories.
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