They range in age from young adult to senior citizens. Some of them work full-time, some work only at their homes, some work part-time, some are retired.
In order to become a certified Hospice Volunteer it is necessary to attend a special training program. During this training the volunteers learn about the special needs of individuals dealing with a terminal illness. All volunteers are thoroughly screened.
Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County Inc. adheres to a strict confidentiality policy. We do not share any information about the client, their family, or medical condition without a signed release giving permission. The only exception to this confidentiality policy would be if we feel the client is being abused or neglected, if we feel the client is going to hurt him/herself, or if we know of or witness a crime. In these instances HVOSC is bound by law to report details to the authorities.
Volunteers to give direct support to those with a life-limiting illness, provide support and solace to the grieving, and educate the community.
For active hospice volunteers to receive additional training to give families/caregivers additional emotional support and guidance during the last hours in a patient’s life. Also to give companionship to a person dying alone.
To give high school students the skills necessary to make a difference in the lives of people of all ages and walks of life. These students will then use these skills providing administrative support in our office, assisting with fundraising or other events. Supporting community clients and their families, spreading the word of our organization, and helping in the bereavement services. A great opportunity for teens to participate in community service.
To give hospice support to veterans in their community. These volunteers(veterans) will bring their military training and history to their hospice client. They will be able to offer unique opportunities that support life review and healing. They will be able to share a common language and a cultural bond that opens doors of trust. They may facilitate dissolving the barriers of stoicism and secrecy often found with Veterans and bring them peace. They may also participate in special pinning ceremonies honoring the Veterans sacrifice.
Volunteers will give direct support to those with a life-limiting illness, that come to us as a community referral. You will be able to assist individuals that are not facing death, but just need the extra assistance.
Volunteers will assist in the office. Some of the duties would include but not limited to: Answering the phone, taking messages, greeting people as they come into the office, and other office tasks that are asked of them.
Volunteers will assist in the pet area. This allows families to keep their pets at home while dealing with hospice care. The volunteer may help in providing pet friendly volunteers in the home to walk, feed, clean up after, and the grant will pay for needed medications, food and supplies or provide transportation to a vet or groomer.
A bereavement peer is someone who is willing to help another on their journey after the loss of a loved one. The trained volunteers are compassionate teens who can “walk beside” a grieving friend or family member. Teens will be trained to encourage their peers to seek help in a variety of sources, including teen grief support groups through HVOSC.
A bereavement companion is someone who has been through their own grief journey and is willing to help someone else on their journey. The trained volunteers are compassionate people who can “walk beside” a grieving person; he/she will help the grieving person bear the burden of sorrow and may help them find hope for the future. The program is designed for those who cannot attend a weekly support group.
This page serves as a continuing education resource for HVOSC direct care volunteers. HVOSC volunteers need 8 hours of continuing education credits per year. Articles are valued at 0.5 hours and videos will be valued at their actual running time. For each article/video link read or viewed, please complete the following form as per instructions: Hospice Volunteers of Somerset County Staff Education Worksheet