The Hospice of Baton Rouge volunteers are a necessary and integral part of our organization. These individuals 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.
Adults and minors can help provide basic pet care i.e., walking dogs, changing litter boxes, etc. Adults and 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, litter boxes, 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.
Adults and 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!
This event is usually held at the end of January through the first week of March. The Hospice of Baton Rouge needs help with setting up donated goods at a department store. We need help sorting, pricing, and selling all donated goods. All profits proceeds from this fundraiser will be distributed among the chosen local non-profit charities including THBR in the community.
There are a variety of roles individuals can volunteer for on a more recurring basis. Every effort is greatly appreciated to help run our organization. Below lists a few duties that volunteers may be asked to do.
Weekly volunteers needed for various assignments at both the home office and inpatient unit. Some tasks that may be asked are shredding confidential documents, assembling charts and packets, various data entry, filing, copying, mailing, etc.
Volunteers may provide companionship for patients, respite for caregivers, recreation, play cards, Read aloud (books, newspapers, etc.), play an instrument or sing, pick up medication, deliver meals, pick up groceries. In addition, volunteers may provide professional help (with valid proof of authority only) such as legal assistance and nurse duties.
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.
Adults can help with monthly mailings, make bereavement phone calls, help with H.O.P.E. support groups. Individuals that would like to help children with grief services may also want to volunteer at Camp Conquer.
Volunteers may provide patient care and support services according to their experience and training. All volunteers must be in compliance with The Hospice of Baton Rouge policies and cooperate under the supervision of the Volunteer Coordinator. Volunteers will receive appropriate training that is facilitated by the Volunteer Coordinator, which includes the following: