Home is Where Hospice Helps
Volunteers at Abbey make a difference in many ways! Whether you’re interested in helping in an office or visiting members of your community, there are plenty of ways to show you care! Here at Abbey, we know the most important gift you can give is your time. If you are dedicated to caring for people in mind, body, and spirit then Abbey Hospice needs you!
Volunteers are the heart of hospice and have been a vital part of the hospice movement from the beginning. Of the entire hospice team member’s time, the volunteer’s is considered valuable in terms of all-around benefit to the patient. The work you do for hospice creates good will for the program in the community, and there is no way to fully measure that.
As a hospice volunteer, it is essential that you be a caring, emotionally mature, committed person who is comfortable talking about death and dying. If that is the kind of person you are, you may find that you gain a sense of satisfaction from making a difference in people’s lives. Supporting someone through the dying process can heighten your own awareness of your values and help you focus on the things that matter most in life.
If you are unsure about direct patient contact, we have other volunteer opportunities available such as:
What do I have to do to become a Volunteer?
All active hospice volunteers must “pass” a background check, TB test, and drug screen, attend orientation and provide a physical form signed by a doctor within 3 months of orientation.
Do I need previous experience to volunteer?
We don’t require previous experience, but it’s always a plus!
How old do I have to be to volunteer?
We utilize volunteers as young as 14 years of age. Volunteers may visit with patients if they are 16 years of age or older, and they may visit by themselves in homes if they are 18 years of age or older. We currently have volunteers ranging in age from 14-94!
How much time do I have to give?
There are no time requirements for Abbey Hospice volunteering. The amount of time you donate to our patients and families is entirely up to you! As little as 30 minutes a week can make a difference in someone’s life.
Do you have any patients near me?
Abbey Hospice services a 50 mile radius around Social Circle Ga. If you live within 50 miles of Social Circle, chances are we have a patient near you!
Can I volunteer with a friend?
Absolutely! The more the merrier!
When can I volunteer?
That depends on what you would like to do! Administrative volunteers may donate time during the work week (Monday-Friday from 9-5). We ask that you notify the volunteer coordinator before your arrival so we can have a project prepared for you. Patient Companion volunteers may visit any time that is convenient for both the volunteer and the family, including after hours and weekends. Volunteers may be paired with a patient and family, and their first visit will be conducted with the volunteer coordinator. After the first visit, future visits can be scheduled without the presence of the volunteer coordinator.
Can I volunteer after the death of a loved one?
We ask that after the loss of a loved one a volunteer waits 13 months before beginning or continuing to volunteer. We believe volunteers deserve the opportunity to grieve properly, and we ask that you let us know when you’re ready to begin volunteering again.