volunteers

Want to Become a Volunteer?

Hospice of Northwest Ohio volunteers make a positive difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve and are greatly appreciated by the Hospice staff as well. If you are thinking about becoming a volunteer, here are some things to consider:

Volunteers make a “priceless” contribution

Each year volunteers provide thousands of hours of service for our patients. The value of this time exceeds a half million dollars, but is “priceless” in the eyes of those we serve.

In addition, as a Medicare-certified hospice, we are mandated to include volunteers as an important part of our organization. We are required to have at least 5% of our patient services hours provided by volunteers.

Training Builds Confidence

Every volunteer receives training prior to joining the Hospice of Northwest Ohio team. Topics include:

  • Understanding the Hospice philosophy of care
  • Knowing the boundaries when interacting with patients and families
  • Communicating with patients and families
  • Understanding basic health and safety precautions
  • Understanding patient confidentiality
  • Understanding the services provided by Hospice of Northwest Ohio

Additional training is provided for those volunteers who choose to provide more specialized services. 

The Benefit of Becoming a Hospice Volunteer

While our volunteers make a tremendous impact on the lives of our patients, families and staff, we hear time and again that they, too, benefit from their hospice experiences. Among the things they mention are:

  • Increased appreciation for life and what is really important
  • Greater knowledge and more inner peace about the end-of-life experience
  • Greater insight about diversity and the different perspectives among cultures
  • Heightened sense of fulfillment and pride because of their contributions to the Hospice of Northwest Ohio mission

Getting Started as a Volunteer

Volunteer training classes are held numerous times a year. Those interested in learning more about the many volunteer opportunities available should contact the Volunteer Department at 419-931-5534 or jtucholski@hospicenwo.org.

Download our volunteer application.

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"I would like to thank everyone who was a part of my mom's care. She was at home and had hospice care. I know that I wouldn't have been able to keep my mom with me if it wasn't for hospice. Mom lived with me for 20 years with early onset Alzheimer's. And when the end of life part came she was in house and she had such caring nurses, aides and doctor. Our care made the end of her life very peaceful and that meant so much to our family."