Valley Home Care and Valley Hospice volunteers provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to ill and homebound patients receiving home care and hospice services. They are an important component of our programs and valued by staff, patients and family members alike.
Valley’s Hospice and Palliative Care program offers volunteer services for patients and families. Volunteers provide friendly visits to those who have a life-limiting condition (with a prognosis of six months or less) and are no longer seeking curative treatment for their diagnosis.
Home Care Volunteer
Valley Home Care volunteers provide friendly visits to homebound and ill patients and provide family members with respite care. These patients are in our community and in need of a special visitor to brighten their day.
Maternal and Child Health Volunteer
Maternal and Child Health volunteers provide support to mothers and their children. They can assist mothers of multiples, with various child duties. Volunteers are often asked to change diapers, do feedings or play with other children in the household. Must love babies and children.
The Valley Butterflies service is for children who have a life-threatening or progressive life-limiting illness. Patients in the Butterflies program may utilize both hospice and home care services. Volunteers provide friendly visits to patients and respite to their siblings, parents or guardians. Must love babies and children.
Pet Therapy Volunteer
Pet Therapy volunteers and their four-legged friends visit patients and families. All of our dogs have been trained to visit home care and/or hospice patients and families. We only accept dog volunteers at this time.
Bereavement volunteers provide support to those who have lost a loved one while on our service. These volunteers can either visit families at their homes or help facilitate one of our bereavement support groups.
Volunteers can donate their talents by knitting and crocheting blankets for patients; creating a memories blanket for families; or co-facilitating our Pediatric Art Therapy Program for groups of children.
Volunteers who would prefer not to interact with patients and families can still help out at the Valley Home Care and Hospice office. Office volunteers assist with mailings, assembling packets given to our patients and families, answering phone calls, filing and other various duties.
Community volunteers are individuals and groups – including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school groups or religious organizations – who would like to donate their time but not be a registered Valley volunteer. These volunteers support our staff at various events, in our office or in other ways.
Junior volunteers provide supportive services to the agency staff, either at specific events or at our office (office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). They can also complete various jobs at home, such as collecting supplies, compiling photo albums/scrapbooking and more. Junior volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and a current high school student.
End-of-Life Doula Volunteer
Valley Hospice offers a unique End-of-Life Doula Program that connects specially trained volunteers with patients to determine patients’ wishes for the end of their lives; they also provide a compassionate presence when families may need the most support. They provide emotional, physical and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones.
In addition to meeting the minimal requirements of all Valley Health System volunteers, home care and hospice volunteers must:
- Be at least 14 years of age and a high school student (for junior volunteers)
- Commit to at least one year of service and complete 30 hours a year of volunteer time
- Complete a Volunteer Form and a physical form from Valley’s Employee Health Office (call Employee Health for an appointment, or for any questions, at 201-291-6430)
- Complete a mandatory training class
- Attend two out of four Valley Home Care volunteer meetings
- Have access to a computer and email account (visiting volunteers are required to record their time in a Valley email/calendar account)