Hospice was founded as a volunteer effort, and volunteerism remains central to the hospice philosophy. Stein Hospice welcomes volunteers who wish to share their time, energy and talents with our hospice patients and their families, or in support of our professional staff.
Our hospice volunteers receive training so that they are prepared to provide patients with knowledgeable, caring companionship and compassionate emotional support. They also assist our professional staff in providing bereavement services to families; offering their skills as nurses, therapists or other health care professionals; and accomplishing a variety of essential office tasks at our office in Somerset, NJ.
Many meaningful volunteer opportunities are available with Stein Hospice:
- As companions, volunteers visit patients and families wherever they live—private residences, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities—to offer respite to family members and caregivers. Often a cheerful voice, an hour of conversation, quiet time spent reading or listening to music, or simply holding a hand is very soothing in the course of a long day. Over time, a hospice volunteer and patient may develop a relationship that benefits them both. Patient companions must be mature individuals who are comfortable with the ill and elderly.
- Bereavement support is done in conjunction with our chaplain and social worker. Writing letters, helping to coordinate memorial services, offering spiritual readings and teaching practical coping techniques—as well as making therapeutic phone calls and visits—are all ways that hospice volunteers help us take care of families for the first 13 months of bereavement after patients have died.
- Professional and complementary care can be provided to patients, staff and families by hospice volunteers who are already trained as nurses, doctors, aides, massage therapists, aroma therapists, music therapist or those who are skilled in other noninvasive therapies. Proof of training and/or professional certification is required.
Volunteers must complete an application and provide references. All volunteers attend an initial training session about hospice philosophy, volunteer skills, and the policies and procedures of Stein Hospice. Volunteers are considered “employees” of Stein Hospice and must meet all health screening requirements. They must prove immunity to rubella and rubeola (measles and German measles) receive annual TB tests and provide a recently signed health clearance. A background check is also mandatory.
If you are interested in applying to become a hospice volunteer with Stein Hospice in Somerset, NJ, please fill out the form below and our Volunteer Services Manager will contact you.