As a Family Support Volunteer, you can offer a variety of services to patients and their families. These roles take a few different forms, as outlined below.
The length and frequency of visits is determined by volunteer availability and patient need. Volunteers are matched with patients according to the nature of the request, the time availability and preferences of the volunteer, and a shared geographic location.
Can you stay with a patient while their caregiver has some much-needed personal time?
Volunteers offer assistance and companionship to the patient.
Can you sit with a patient and be their friend?
Providing companionship to a patient may include:
- Engaging in hobbies
- Listening to music or sharing musical talents
- Being a good listener
- Reading to the patient
- Assisting with writing letters
Quiet Presence Support
Can you provide peace and calm when a patient is nearing end of life?
Volunteers provide a quiet presence when a patient is no longer able to engage due to their condition and help reassure the family regarding the patient’s care and comfort level.
Can you help caregivers with practical tasks and chores?
Providing support with light household duties may include:
- Running errands
- Tidying a patient’s room
- Grocery shopping
- Preparing meals
- Washing dishes
- Washing a patient’s laundry
How to Become a Volunteer
To learn more about how to become a volunteer, go to our Become a Volunteer page.