Volunteering can be fulfilling for people of every stage of life. Volunteers can fill administrative positions, make calls to our bereaved, make reminder calls for caregiver and grief support opportunities, make visits for companionship, or help with errands. It’s all within your comfort zone. You can just be a friend when needed.
Whether you want to volunteer your time in our office or directly with the patients and their families, we have a place for you at Hospice of South Louisiana.
What is hospice care?
Hospice provides comfort, symptom and pain management for patients with a life limiting illness. Compassionate support is offered to family, friends, and significant others. Not only can care be provided in the home, but also in a nursing home, assisted living setting, hospital, or personal care home.
Hospice affirms life and focuses on the quality of life remaining for your loved one. Hospice offers a holistic approach that is sensitive to emotional and spiritual support.
What Services are provided by hospice?
- Physicians medical management of pain and symptoms
- Skilled nursing for appropriate care
- Nurse Aides tend to personal care needs
- Social Workers offer emotional support, counseling, and access to community resources
- Chaplains provide spiritual guidance
- Volunteers compliment the care with companionship and assistance
- Therapy when ordered
- 24-hour emergency support
- Medications related to admitting diagnosis
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Bereavement and grief support
Hospice needs compassionate caring volunteers
Hospice volunteers may provide the following for patients and their families under our care:
- Companionship, listening
- Respite and support for family
- Read, write letters
- Light housekeeping
- Play a game
- Watch a movie
- Run errands
- Knit, crochet, or sew lap blankets, sew shawls, bibs, and hospital gowns
- Share the hospice philosophy with community groups
- Make weekly tuck-in calls
- Make bereavement support calls
- Assist at health fairs
Our training focus
- A better understanding of death, dying, grief, and loss issues
- The hospice philosophy
- The medical, social, psychological, and spiritual aspects of caring for the terminally ill
- Brief interview and overview of volunteering
- Background/reference check
- TB Test
Share in our caring
By volunteering, you can make a difference in the lives of the people we are privileged to serve.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator at 985.868.3095 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.