Hospice In-Home Patient Support Volunteers

Hospice Southwest Senior adult and volunteer volunteers are part of the hospice team that provides in-home respite up to four hours, once a week. With the opportunity for respite, families and/or caregivers are able to maintain a healthier balance, thus enabling them to better serve their loved ones.  

In-Home Patient Support

  • Respite volunteers relieve the caregiver 3-4 hours, 1x/week, so they may run errands, shop, go to an appointment, etc. Tasks may include but are not limited to ambulating, toileting, light housekeeping, meal preparation, reading, playing cards or games, running errands, etc. Volunteers provide a calming presence, lending safety, support and security for patients.
  • Friendly visits to patients in private residence, adult foster homes, assisted living and nursing homes; needs may include reading to patient, playing cards, writing letters, sitting with patient and listening  
  • Heart Connections volunteers support patients similarly to in-home respite except, they also have the opportunity to drive patients to appointments. To be a part of this special program, one must have a working vehicle, driver’s license, car insurance, and CPR certification (certification may be obtained through PHSW CPR training upon completion of Hospice training). PHSW will also obtain a Driver’s Abstract from the DMV. This program began on Valentine’s Day, 2013.
  • Complimentary Therapy volunteers are licensed/certified in various modalities and provide physical and emotional comfort to hospice patients. These include Massage/Reiki, Pet Assisted Therapy, Hair Dressers, Nail Technicians and more.
  • Heritage Video volunteers assist in interviewing, videotaping and editing process of providing patients a lasting gift to their families in the form of a video reco Hospice In-Home Patient Support Volunteersrding of the patient’s life memories and hopes passed on to their loved ones.
  • “We Honor Veterans” volunteers support patients that have served in honor of our country. This program, started Memorial Day 2013, is intended to provide volunteers that will identify and assist with meeting the unique needs of this population. In addition, we are looking for creative volunteers that would be able to plan and participate in honoring these veterans on special holidays and celebrations. We strongly encourage veterans to apply as a volunteer. For more information, please visit the "We Honor Veterans" web site.
  • North Territory volunteers are needed for in-home respite in Cowlitz County (Longview, Woodland, Kelso, etc.). This new program is now recruiting volunteers that are able to serve in these local communities.

For information regarding volunteer opportunities we encourage you to call: