As a Family Support Volunteer, you can offer a variety of services to patients and their families. These roles take a few different forms. 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.
Family Support Volunteers
Can you stay with a patient while their caregiver has some much-needed personal time? Respite Support Volunteers offer assistance and companionship to the patient.
Companionship / Emotional Support
Can you sit with a patient and be their friend? The companionship you provide to a patient may include reading to them, being a good listener, sharing musical talents or listening to music, assisting with writing letters, or engaging in hobbies?
Quiet Presence Support
Can you provide peace and calm when a patient is nearing end of life?
These 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, and washing a patient’s laundry.