Our volunteers make all the difference
Cascade Health’s Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers are valued members of our hospice family. When you volunteer, you become an integral part of the team, caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses. No experience is required. Your 1-year commitment to volunteering with Cascade Hospice ensures you will receive a free intensive 16-hour training program that will prepare you to provide emotional support and assistance to patients and their caregivers. To ensure your success, you will receive monthly educational opportunities and support as well. Our goal is to help patients have a full life, no matter the length of time. By being a compassionate volunteer, our training can prepare you for a life-changing opportunity to serve the terminally ill.
What do hospice volunteers do?
Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers provide a variety of services including:
- Home respite visits – up to 4 hours/week to relieve the caregiver, run errands, etc.
- Facility companionship visits – up to 2 hours, 1-2x/week to give patients one-on-one time
- Complementary services – massage, music, art, pets, therapeutic touch, videos and more
- Vigil volunteers – sit with patients in their final hours who have no family/friends available
- Administrative program support – data entry, phone calls, bereavement and events
How to become a volunteer
Hospice volunteer caregivers possess very special qualities. We ask that you be emotionally mature, dependable, flexible and non-judgmental.
- Download our hospice volunteer application and e-mail, mail or fax it to (541) 228-3182.
- Upon receipt of your completed volunteer application, the hospice volunteer coordinator will call to schedule a personal interview.
- Attend all 16 hours of training.
- Complete required documentation, have TB test and pass criminal background check.
Bring that extra added layer of comfort to those in need. You will be forever grateful for the experience!
Hospice Volunteer FAQs
Do I need medical or hospice experience?
We provide all the training you need to be a hospice volunteer.
What is the time commitment?
Depending on the service area, hospice volunteers contribute up to four hours a week.
Where do hospice patients live?
Most live in their own or a family member’s home. Some live in health care facilities.
What if I have a concern while visiting a patient?
Your training will equip you to know how to handle concerns that arise while visiting a patient.
Is there an age requirement?
Hospice volunteers must be 21 years or older.
Who is a hospice patient?
A hospice patient is a person whose disease has progressed to the point that their doctor believes it’s likely they will die within six months. Hospice provides comfort care to patients as they stop curative treatments.
What do hospice volunteers do?
Hospice volunteers provide a variety of services to patients with a life-limiting illness including: home respite visits, facility companionship visits, complementary therapy, vigil, administrative program support and more.
How do I become a hospice volunteer?
Cascade Hospice offers a free training program that will prepare you to provide emotional support and assistance to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their caregivers. Simply print the hospice volunteer application and submit it by email, fax or mail.
I work professionally in health care. Do I still need to attend all of the training?
Hospice care requires a specific set of skills. You may find that you are familiar with some portions of the information covered in the training, but much of it will be new. This is why we require volunteers who will be working with patients to attend volunteer training.
I’ve been a hospice volunteer for another agency in the past. What do I need to do to volunteer with Cascade Health?
We are glad to accept transfer volunteers from other hospices. We will review your past training and determine if anything else is needed.
When are hospice volunteer trainings?
Contact our volunteer coordinator for hospice volunteer training dates