Kaweah Delta Hospice Volunteers
The focus is on care, not cure
Kaweah Delta Hospice provides care to people who have a terminal illness
or disease and are no longer seeking a cure. The decision to enter into
hospice care is usually made by the patient and their family under the
guidance of their physician. Once that decision is made, the patient can
remain at home or in a long-term care center.
Hospice care provides:
- Pain management to increase the patient’s comfort level to ensure
dignity and quality of life.
- Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and their family.
- A hospice team which includes a physician, a registered nurse, home health
aides, social workers, a spiritual support counselor, and volunteers.
- Bereavement support offered after the patient has passed.
Volunteers are an important part of the hospice experience. Volunteers
are able to help patients and their families in the following ways.
Volunteers sometimes simply sit quietly with a patient. Volunteers may
interact with patients by reading stories, playing games, listening to
music and reviewing photos.
Volunteers may stay with patients while their caregiver runs errands, goes
to medical appointments, shops, naps or simply takes a break from their
usual responsibilities. These breaks allow caregivers to recharge so they
can continue to care for their loved one.
Some volunteers have skills that they are willing to share with patients
including: massage therapy, pet therapy, music therapy, cosmetology and
Office volunteers help with a variety of skills. While computer skills
are helpful, they are not required.
Special Event Volunteers
Hospice hosts special events for our families throughout the year with
the help of volunteers. Whether by helping at an event or by assisting
with mailings, our volunteers help make things happen.
Training and Support
Volunteers are provided at least 24 hours of training prior to being placed
with a patient. Orientation is offered during the last week of January,
March, May, July, September and November. In September, we offer a weekend
orientation for those who cannot attend on weekdays. We offer a variety
of guest speakers during orientation to keep it interesting.
Orientation Topics Include:
- Hospice philosophy
- Education about death, dying and what to expect
- How to approach people in grief
- Other important topics.
Additionally, quarterly training is offered to help volunteers refine their
What Do Volunteers Receive?
Helping people during the end of life is one of the most rewarding things
a person can do. It takes time, commitment and emotional strength, but
leaves volunteers with monumental satisfaction. We promise to provide
you with emotional support, training and recognition for your hard work.