The Hospice of Baton Rouge Volunteers are mature, non-judgmental, caring individuals supportive of the hospice concept of care. They are willing to serve others and may do so once appropriately oriented and trained. Volunteers who are qualified to provide professional services must meet all standards associated with their specialty area. Our current volunteers positions available:
Fundraiser/Special Events Volunteers
Adults can help greet, setup, cleanup, and assist attendees at various events. Adults can help man tables at fairs and other functions. Adults can also visit corporations and invite them to purchase a sponsorship, tickets, and lights in memory or in honor of their loved ones. All proceeds will go towards our Patient Care Fund which provides hospice care to anyone regardless of their financial resources.
Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM) Volunteers
Adults & Minors can help provide basic pet care i.e., walking dogs, changing litter boxes, etc. Adults & Minors can host a collection drive for pets in need of basics. Our PPOM program is always in need of items such as dog and cat food, collars, bowls, dog pads, litterboxes, etc. Adults can foster animals while we interview potential new owners. Adults can also transport animals to and from the patients’ homes and vet clinics.
Arts & Crafts Volunteers
Adults & High School Students can host an Arts & Crafts project for residents at Assisted Living Facilities or at Nursing Home Facilities in the Greater Baton Rouge area. The Hospice of Baton Rouge supplies all materials for the project. Great for high school services hours, service clubs, or a church group!
Music Ministry Volunteers
Adults & Minors can play music or musical instruments for our patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown music may reduce agitation and improve behavioral issues that are common in the middle-stages of the Alzheimer’s’ disease. Even in the late-stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Music provides a way to connect, even after verbal communication has become difficult. Adults & Minors can help identify music that’s enjoyable to our patients and encourage singing, clapping, and dancing to add to the enjoyment!
We Honor Veterans Volunteers
Adults can help provide a pinning ceremony for Veteran patients. Adults can also provide direct patient care for Veteran patients. Great for Veterans that would like to honor and recognize their fellow Veterans!
Volunteers receive appropriate training that is facilitated by the Volunteer Coordinator, which includes the following:
- An Introduction to Hospice
- The Role of the Volunteer in Hospice (as part of the IDG and within the agency as a whole)
- Concepts of Death and Dying
- Communication Skills
- Care and Comfort Measures
- Diseases and Medical Conditions
- Psychosocial and Spiritual Issues Related to Death and Dying
- The Concept of the Hospice Family
- Stress Management
- Infection Control
- Patient Rights
- The Role of the Interdisciplinary Group (IDG)
- Additional training for volunteers working in specialized programs (i.e. Pet Peace of Mind® and We Honor Veterans®)
Volunteers are a necessary and integral part of our organization. Volunteers provide patient care and support services according to their experience and training. They must be in compliance with The Hospice of Baton Rouge policies and cooperate under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator.
Submit your Volunteer Hours online