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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.
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.
Lunch is provided at these training sessions.
You can find out more about hospice at Ballad Health by calling:
- Sarah Hale, (423) 844-5257
Or learn about other volunteer opportunities at Ballad Health.