Mayo Clinic Hospice Volunteer Opportunities

Mary Frances – Bereavement Volunteer

Mary Frances — Bereavement Volunteer

Barb – Program Activities Volunteer

Barb — Program Activities Volunteer

Ruth – Patient Care Volunteer

Ruth — Patient Care Volunteer

Hospice volunteers are a vital part of a caring team that brings a personal touch to terminally ill people and their families. If you would like to volunteer, we offer a number of unique and rewarding opportunities as a Mayo Clinic Hospice volunteer.

Patient care

Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to patients and their families. They provide respite care so that caregivers can take a break, run errands or take a nap. They may also assist with "light" household tasks, or assist the patient with tasks they are no longer able to complete themselves. Volunteers visit patients who reside in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or the hospital. They provide an important communication link between the patient and his or her family and the other members of the hospice team.

Program activities

Volunteers provide assistance in the office by answering telephones or preparing mailings. Host hospice booths or displays at health fairs and community events. Assist with planning and execution of special events.

Bereavement care

Volunteers provide support to the bereaved hospice family (additional training provided). They provide administrative support such as phone calls and mailings. They may also assist with planning memorial services and support groups, and may co-facilitate grief support groups (additional training provided).

Resource volunteer

Volunteers provide Mayo Clinic Hospice patients with volunteer services for which they are licensed or certified. This may include service as a hairdresser, massage therapist, music therapist, or legal assistant.