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What is hospice?
Hospice focuses on patients in the last phases of life-limiting illness and provides support and care for them and their families. It:
- Recognizes completing life is an important part of living
- Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death
- Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their families
What does a hospice volunteer do?
Hospice volunteers perform a variety of important tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients and providing rest for family members.
What are the requirements for hospice volunteers?
No medical background is required – only a willing heart. The role requires compassionate, caring individuals who would like to bring, love and care into the lives of the terminally ill and their families.
Before volunteering, a background check will be completed. Also, volunteers must also have proof of flu shots.
The hospice program welcomes volunteers of all ages.
How do I apply?
Hospice volunteers are required to complete 12–16 hours of training.
To sign up for hospice training, complete an application linked below and follow the instructions for submitting.
- Hospice volunteer application – Tennessee locations
- Hospice volunteer application – Virginia locations
You will receive an e-mail with further instructions. If you do not provide an e-mail address, you’ll be contacted by phone within 1–2 weeks.
All hospice volunteer training sessions will be held at:
Ballad Health Hospice
101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100
Johnson City, TN
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Lunch is provided at these training sessions.
You can find out more about hospice at Ballad Health by calling:
- Tennessee hospice programs – Susan Metcalf, (423) 431-7667
- Virginia hospice programs – Samantha Hess, (276) 883-8485
Or learn about other volunteer opportunities at Ballad Health.