Volunteer Programs

Make a Difference in Your Local Community 

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. 

Pet Peace of Mind 

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.

We Honor Veterans

Adults can help provide a pinning ceremony for Veteran patients. Adults can also provide direct patient care for Veteran patients. Great for individuals that would like to honor and recognize their fellow Veterans!

Camp Conquer

This unique camp helps to teach children how to identify and conquer their emotions by taking them through the five stages of grief. Adults can sign up to volunteer to help children through this difficult time. 

Music Ministry

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!

Our Training Program

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:

  • 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
  • Bereavement
  • Infection Control
  • Safety
  • Confidentiality
  • 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®)

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit our volunteer webpage HERE. If you have any questions about our volunteer programs or our volunteer website, please contact Holly Taylor at HTaylor@hospicebr.org.