Hospice Volunteer Information

VOLUNTEER. Hold a hand. Read aloud. Assist with events. Feed a pet. Play a Game. Bake a cake. Listen to cherished memories. VOLUNTEER. Sing along. Pat a shoulder. Give a hug. Touch a heart. VOLUNTEER.

Our volunteers are an essential part of the team. A hospice volunteer is a specially trained individual who provides assistance to patients, their families, and the hospice team. As a volunteer, you help fulfill the promise of Hospice in many ways. You are the hand to help and to hold, the friendly face that brings warm conversation or welcome respite. Our trained volunteers provide invaluable services.

Volunteer tasks can be patient related or non-patient related.

Patient related:

  • Visit with the patient to provide support and a listening ear
  • Assist with letter writing or other projects
  • Help write or record the patient’s life story
  • Stay with the patient so caregivers can go out
  • Read to the patient, or join them in watching a favorite TV program
  • Play games with the patient or family
  • Sing or play music
  • Give a manicure or hand massage
  • Take the patient outside or for a walk

Non-patient care activities:

  • Assist with clerical tasks
  • Assist with special events
  • Use your own talents to support hospice families (for example, knitting slippers or blankets, or making “memory quilts” using a patient’s clothing)

A hospice volunteer will not be asked to:

  • Give medications
  • Provide direct patient care (bathing, changing linens)
  • Make any medical decisions
  • Do anything they don’t feel comfortable or qualified to do

What Is The Time Commitment?

Time commitments vary according to volunteer and patient needs. You may visit with a particular patient for an hour or two a week or stay with a patient for an afternoon to provide respite to the patient family. Other tasks might be on a regular basis or helping once year with an annual event. Volunteer needs vary, and we can work with any schedule.
There are 12 hours of training involved in preparing you to work with hospice patients and their families. At the end of the training session, you will choose the role that best fits your goals as a hospice volunteer. The training process involves orienting to hospice, Brighton’s culture and expectations for our volunteer team, and hands on training with our volunteer coordinator.

Hospice Volunteer Facts:

  • Training is provided at no cost.
  • Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the Wasatch Front.
  • There are daytime, evening and weekend options available.
  • Volunteer a few hours a week, a couple hours a month, or one-time opportunities.
  • No experience or medical background necessary.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us for more information. By Volunteering you can make a big difference in someone’s life – including your own.