CareFirst welcomes volunteers of all age and all capacities. Whatever your talents may be, we can match you to an opportunity that could change your life:
Patient Care Volunteers
These volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to hospice patients and their families. Visits are made to the patient's location (i.e. nursing home, extended care facility, or private home) and time is spent interacting with the patient. You might just sit and talk, or play cards, or watch a favorite TV program, or talk about current events. Visits usually last from 15 minutes to a couple of hours. Volunteers do not provide any medical care.
Believing no one should die alone, Vigil volunteers provide a presence and comfort to dying patients who have no family available for support during the final hours. Vigil volunteers maintain communication with distant family and relay final messages of comfort and love, communicate patient needs to Hospice staff and assist distant family with local connections for funeral services or other support resources.
Many Hospice volunteers enjoy the challenge of fund raising. Because insurance reimbursements may not cover all of the costs of hospice care, fund raising is an important ongoing program. Volunteers serve on committees to plan community fund raising events such as the new annual 'Hospice Golf Tournament' and the 'Petal Pushers' geranium sale. Some volunteers may also independently organize fund raising events in their own communities or through local organizations to benefit CareFirst. Fund raising support from volunteers is a crucial element to ensure that Hospice remains a viable healthcare choice in the Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties service area.
Educating the community about the benefits of hospice services is one of the major challenges of hospice. Too often patients and families learn about hospice late in an illness. Volunteers join with the professional staff in sharing information and answering questions in a variety of community settings such as community health fairs and fund raising events. Wherever they meet the public, Hospice volunteers are prepared to respond to questions and tell the hospice story.
Some Hospice volunteers are more comfortable exercising their office skills than providing direct patient care. Office support volunteers regularly assist with filing, assembling patient information packets, copying manuals and handouts, shredding papers, helping with major mailings, and more. Other volunteers stand by to assist with special tasks and short-term clerical requests.
For more information on volunteering at CareFirst, click here to download our brochure.
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