Volunteering with HospiceCare in The Berkshires
Our hospice relies on volunteers to join our staff in providing excellent end-of-life care to patients and families throughout Berkshire County. Volunteers are a valued component of the care delivered to our patients and their families coping with a life-limiting illness. You will be supported in your role by a competent and caring group of nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and other volunteers. Our volunteers are caring, committed people who want to make a difference in people’s lives. They are dependable and trustworthy and are sensitive to the family’s needs. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but all share the common desire to do what they can to help lessen the burden of families touched by terminal illness.
We welcome volunteers from all different backgrounds and interests from as young as 18 years of age. Emotional maturity is an important quality, as is a desire to help.
Our volunteers are thoroughly trained to provide support to our patients and families by listening, reading to the patient, playing cards, sharing similar interests, writing letters or being a comforting and supportive presence. Volunteers can also provide respite relief to our caregivers who need a break.
Our patient and family volunteers must complete an 18-hour training program to assure they have the confidence and tools necessary to meet the needs of patients and families.
To volunteer click here for an application or call HospiceCare at 413-443-2994.