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Patient Care Volunteer

A Patient Care Volunteer serves as a member of the Hospice IDG and provides respite services to assigned patients and families.

Physical Requirements

  1. Must possess sight/hearing senses or use appropriate adaptive devices that will enable senses to function at a level required to meet the essential duties of the position.

Mental Requirements

  1. Must be able to work independently, make judgments based on assessments and data available and act accordingly.
  2. Must be flexible, innovative and possess good interpersonal skills.
  3. Must be able to cope with mental and emotional stress and demonstrate emotional stability.

Working Environment

Be able to tolerate exposure to elements including, but not limited to, odors, blood, body fluids and excrement, adverse environmental conditions and hazardous materials.


Must have a current valid driver’s license, auto liability insurance and reliable transportation.

Job Relationships

  1. Supervised by: Volunteer Coordinator
  2. Interrelationships: Patients, family, IDG and other health care team members


  1. High school graduate or GED, preferred.
  2. Completion of hospice training program.
  3. Willingness to work as a hospice team member.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge and well developed communication skills.
  5. Previous experience with volunteering, grief and/or bereavement, preferred.


  1. Serves as a member of the IDG as requested.
  2. Provides assigned respite services to patient and/or family.
  3. Understands and implements appropriate interventions for death and dying.
  4. Provides emotional support and compassionate care to the patient and family unit.
  5. Communicates at the appropriate level with each patient and family.
  6. Documents services provided to each patient and family.
  7. Coordinate efforts with Volunteer Coordinator if not able to provide assigned services.
  8. Consult with team members for issues relating to the patient/family plan of care.

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