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Seeking Hospice Volunteers

Seeking Hospice Volunteers

Northfield Hospice is excited to offer Hospice Volunteer Training to members of the Northfield and surrounding communities who are interested in becoming Hospice volunteers. This training and orientation is free and open to those who can commit to at least one year of volunteering, and are 18 years of age or older.

Hospice care is provided to terminally ill patients in and around the Northfield area, and focuses on comfort rather than curative measures. Northfield Hospice volunteers:  

  • Provide companionship and emotional support to the dying patient and his/her family by being available to actively listen
  • Utilize music as a way of guiding the patient and family through life review
  • Offer techniques in massage therapy
  • Assist with writing letters, reading, and helping with meals
  • Provide supportive services such as running errands and helping with household needs
  • Utilize pet therapy with certified therapy dogs
  • Offer bereavement support to families following their loved one’s death
  • Support the hospice program through fundraising, event planning, clerical task assistance, or special project help.

As a Hospice volunteer, you will join a tight-knit group of volunteers who serve our community in a very special way. Monthly volunteer meetings throughout the year provide educational and social opportunities for you to develop your knowledge and skills about your role as a volunteer, end of life care, and our hospice program.

If you are interested in Hospice Volunteer Training, please contact Kelly Burge, Northfield Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 507-646-1457 or burgek@northfieldhospital.org for an interview.

For more details about becoming a hospice volunteer, visit www.hospicefoundation.org/volunteering  or https://www.northfieldhospital.org/node/197