Memorial Hermann Hospice Volunteer Program
At Memorial Hermann Hospice, we help individuals facing life limiting illnesses live each day to the fullest, without pain and in the company of people who care. We provide exceptional patient care experiences, evidenced-based symptom management and spiritual/emotional support. We enable patients and their loved ones to live with hope as they learn to cope with loss and prepare for the end of life. We have a tradition of serving our community with compassion, comfort and care.
The Memorial Hermann Hospice and Supportive Care team is multidisciplinary and includes volunteers to provide a community of care for both patients and their loved ones, including caregiver support and education. The presence and important contribution of volunteers as a core part of the team distinguishes hospice care from other healthcare services.
Who can become a Hospice volunteer?
Hospice volunteers are people from our community from all walks of life: men and women, young and old, students and retirees. They share one common bond – a desire to give of their time and talents to improve end-of-life care for individuals and their loved ones.
Do hospice volunteers need to be medically trained?
No medical training or work experience is necessary to become a hospice volunteer. In fact, you don’t even need hospice experience.
What do hospice volunteers do?
Our hospice volunteers work with our staff. Some volunteers spend time with patients and their loved ones. They provide caregiver relief, companionship, run errands and provide supportive services. Other volunteers may prefer to work in an administrative capacity. Volunteers work in every area of our program.
What kind of Volunteer Training is available?
To become a certified hospice volunteer, candidates must complete an orientation training program. This training covers various aspects of hospice care, including exploring end-of-life issues, the dying process, grief and loss, communication, spirituality, psychosocial issues, symptom control, physical care of the dying and self-care. Volunteers will be asked to complete continuing education throughout the year.
Volunteers can help by assisting with activities and games, and by reading books and magazines aloud for patients and families.
Companionship and Comfort
Volunteers visit patients, listen to them and their loved ones, and share memories and feelings. They also help patients maintain a sense of dignity and self-respect.
Volunteers help the staff with various office duties and special events.
Volunteers can bring pets to visit patients, play music for patients, celebrate patients’ birthdays, and much more.
Our mission is to improve the health of our patients so that we remain a vital post-acute resource for Memorial Hermann and become one for external physicians and other healthcare organizations as well. We will continue to advance health at the home care and hospice levels by providing an exceptional patient experience through wraparound services, knowledgeable expertise and innovative technology.
To learn more about volunteering or to sign up for our next Hospice Volunteer training session, contact us at (713) 338-7400, or fill out the volunteer form.