Become a Hospice Hero!
"Being a Hospice volunteer helping patients, families and staff is both a privilege and honor. It brings purpose and joy to my life, knowing that I am making a difference in the lives of others who are dealing with very difficult situations. The time I spend volunteering is the highlight of my day. You too can share in these amazing experiences, supporting people during their greatest time of need through Hospice of Palm Beach County and Broward County and Hospice by the Sea."
- Nancy, hospice volunteer since 1998
- Help us to help others, with your gifts of time, compassion and talents.
- Volunteers opportunities throughout all of Palm Beach County & Broward County.
- Assignments to meet your schedule (days, evenings, weekends) and location.
- Training provided at no cost.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you may -
Discover below all of the many different avenues of volunteering that are available with our organization.
Patient and Family Support
Visit with patients and families wherever they are located - home, skilled nursing or assisted living facility, or inpatient unit. We ask that you try to commit to three hours once a week to provide this support. You do not have to have any medical skills as you are not providing any hands on care. You just need a kind heart, a great smile, and compassion, and be a good listener.
Home: Caregivers are usually family members who are responsible 24/7 for their loved one. Having a volunteer once a week to give them a 3 hour break means the world to them. If the patient is able to visit, a volunteer gives them someone new to share their stories with, play cards or just watch TV together. If the patient is unable to talk, then the peace of mind given to the caregiver that someone is in the house allows them to leave without worries. If willing, volunteers can also provide transportation or run errands to help out.
Facilities: Volunteers are assigned to multiple patients in the same location, as visits are generally shorter. Read to them, listen to music, accompany them to activities, take them outside, hold a hand, help with a meal... the list goes on. The comfort you can provide to an out-of-state family member by spending time with their loved one, when they cannot, is so important.
Inpatient Units: Volunteers help in so many ways by spending time with multiple patients during their three hour shift. These visits are similar to those in a facility. You can also help the staff by answering the phone, checking on a room to determine the patient or family needs and share with the staff, or offer coffee to visitors.
Aloesea Caregiver Support: Trained volunteers in integrative therapies modalities can be assigned to caregivers in their homes to provide support, stress reduction and healing therapies. These include seated chair massage, Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch and Aromatherapy. Volunteers must either hold certifications in their individual modality or attend the Seated Chair Massage training, offered at the end of every patient care training class.
Vigil Volunteer Program
Volunteers who have attended the Patient CARE training and have experience visiting with patients, often wish to extend their volunteer services as a Vigil Volunteer. This program is designed for patients who are in the last 24 to 48 hours of life, with little or no family support.
Vigil Volunteers are assigned shifts between 8 am and 10 pm, based on their availability, to sit with patients. The goal is to provide a comforting presence, and emotional and spiritual support at the end of life. Vigil Volunteers support the family as well, helping as needed.
For families who cannot be present, the Vigil Volunteers provide them solace knowing that their loved one is not alone. Their calming presence helps to ease some of the stress during this very difficult time. There is a special training two hour for those interested in becoming a Vigil Volunteer.
Visiting Volunteers with Certified Pet Therapy Dogs
You and your dog can make a difference!
What is pet therapy?
The companionship and unconditional love we receive from a loving pet touches our hearts and makes us feel good. This is wonderful medicine for hospice patients and their family members.
A simple visit from a gentle therapy dog can provide significant health benefits.
- Reducing blood pressure
- Releasing calming endorphins
- Relieving pain
- Decreasing stress
- Increasing relaxation
The emotional benefits of pet therapy are just as important.
- Reducing depression, anxiety, and loneliness
- Encouraging communication
- Providing an uplifting break
- Creating a physical connection through touch
- Sparking memories of beloved family pets
Pet Peace of Mind®
TrustBridge Health's Pet Peace of Mind® (PPOM) Program assists Hospice patients to complete their end-of-life journey with the comfort and companionship of their pet family - cats or dogs - by helping them care for their pets' needs. Trained volunteers provide in-home pet care assistance when the patient needs help caring for a pet. With this kind of compassionate support, patients are able to enjoy time with their pets without worrying about their pet's current or future needs. Volunteers can assist with the following:
- Walking, feeding, playing and clean-up
- Bathing, brushing and pampering
- Transportation of pets to appointments with veterinarians, groomers or temporary boarding facilities
- Shopping for pet supplies
Pet Peace of Mind® also provides resources for patients who financially qualify, to assist with veterinarian care, vaccinations, flea, tick and heartworm medications, food and pet supplies, short-term boarding, and grooming when medically necessary. This program is funded through the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation and dependent upon donations and grants.
Veteran to Veteran
Near the end of life, many vets want to tell their stories to someone.
Who can understand their experiences better than another vet?
We are honored to care for veterans with advanced illness, wherever they live - in their family homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and hospitals.
Do you like to sing or play an instrument? Do you enjoy sharing the gift of music with others? Music is such a powerful way to connect and uplift. It is particularly meaningful for hospice patients.
You don't have to be an expert on an instrument or have perfect pitch to be a musician volunteer. All you need is the skill to make music and the desire to share it.
Once you complete training, you will be referred by our music therapists to continue the enrichment that music provides after a patient's clinical needs have been addressed.
Student Visiting Volunteers
Students, 14 years and older, are encouraged to become Hospice volunteers. There are opportunities to earn your community hours for school by volunteering in one of our three resale shops or six administrative offices throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Those who are 16 or older, with additional training, may visit with patients in our inpatient units or nursing homes. Bring a smile, read a book, listen to music, visit with patients or help with activity time - all will enhance your lives and those of others. You can also volunteer at one of our many camps that are held for children and families who are coping with the loss of a loved one.
Professional and Special Skills
There are many opportunities for professionals to share their experiences and knowledge in support of our patients and their families: Counselors are needed to co-facilitate bereavement support groups and educational session; Chaplains to provide spiritual support to patients and families under the guidance of a staff Chaplain or facilitate groups, Nurses to visit with patients and help up with PPD skin tests, and Pharmacists and Pharm Techs to assist in our pharmacy in West Palm Beach.
Support is needed in all of our area offices - Juno Beach, two locations in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Ft Lauderdale. Training is provided whenever needed to provide the assistance. There are a variety of ways to help:
- Phone calls to patients and families, with scripts provided, to ensure all is going well for them
- Front desk hospitality (Boca)
- Data entry, scanning and filing
- Assembling packets
- Special office projects
Resale - Shopping at its Finest
Resale Shops are located in Juno Beach, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Join the team of resale volunteers and help with the operations of these shops with support patient care for TrustBridge Health's Hospice patients and families.
- Work the cash register
- Assist with sorting and pricing donations
- Assist customers on the floor
- Manage the displays of donated items to include: clothing, housewares, home decor, furniture, small appliances, books, sports equipment and a variety of other items
For those who enjoy being around a lot of people, consider volunteering to help at events:
- Help at the TrustBridge Health booth at fairs, presentations and special events to talk about our services and volunteer opportunities
- Be a volunteer at one of many bereavement children and family camps
- Volunteer at our community events or fund raising events
- Work on special projects