At Odyssey HealthCare volunteers are the heart of Hospice. Volunteers provide services and comforts that are not available through other resources. Nationwide more than 5 million hours are generously given to dying people and their families.
Odyssey HealthCare volunteer services include patient care like companionship for the patient and respite for the caregiver. Volunteers also help by reading to patients, writing letters, running errands, meal preparation, hair care and light housekeeping.
Volunteers with unique talents are always needed. one of our volunteers with a talent for carpentry builds wheelchair ramps and another gifted quilter makes lap quilts that are enjoyed by our patients.
Odyssey HealthCare volunteers also offer support to the families and friends of deceased patients. Our volunteers also serve as members of the clinical team offering valuable input in communicating the needs of the patients and their families. Odyssey HealthCare volunteers are often relatives and friends of former Hospice patients.
The required volunteer training provides information about the history and philosophy of hospice and covers the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of end of life. Volunteer training begins soon.