Hospice is not a place but rather a way for people to help people dealing with a life limiting illness. Most Americans would prefer to die at home but often need help and support in the end stages of life. Hospice provides that help and support
Hospice services are covered by Medicare at no cost to you. Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County works to provide such things as respite care for the caregivers, light housekeeping or meal preparation, running errands, writing cards or letters, etc.
HVOSC can place a volunteer with anyone who has a life limiting illness whether or not s/he qualifies for medical hospice.
You can call directly or another person such as a family member, spouse, doctor, pastor, or even a neighbor.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older and have taken a 24 hour training. They are caring, concerned community members who will offer emotional and physical support to you or your loved one during this stage of their journey.
If you are interested in volunteering,m please contact the office. You will need to complete some paper work and we will need to do a background check. You will ten be schedule for the next volunteer training class.
Yes, we need volunteers to do a variety of things. Some examples are helping to run a support group, working on our web site, assisting with our fund raising event, office work, etc. We all have different abilities and we will find ways to use yours.
There are many different groups. They include a monthly group for volunteers and bereavement (loss) groups. We offer grief groups for those who have lost a loved one, as survivors of suicide support group, and a Care for the Caregivers group. Even is hospice services were not used, these groups are available to any one in Somerset County. We also have a lending library at our office.
Staff can provide a group for children or teens at school, if there are enough participants. Please call our office to discuss this option. Bereavement services can also be provided on a limited basis to shut-ins.