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Become A Hospice Volunteer

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Working As A Hospice Volunteer

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $44,741

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Hospice Volunteer does

  • Work with the volunteer coordinator to provide caregiver relief and support.
  • Visited with hospice clients in care facilities and in-home settings.
  • Provided companionship and assistance to hospice patients in weekly visits Assisted with hospice office duties such as filing and organizing patient records
  • Assist the clerical staff in responding to requests for medical records.
  • Provide personal care to residents and to residents' family and friends
  • Provide patient companionship, grief support, and caregiver respite.
  • Received training to perform bereavement phone calls to family members that had passed.
  • Participated in a 24-hour certified training program.
  • Trained and supported volunteers, youth and family members.
  • Visit and care for patients in the Alzheimer's Unit at Cambridge Hills Nursing Home twice a month
  • Researched barriers to delivery of palliative care services specific to South Africa.
  • Communicated with patients and families to explain hospice plan of care, clarified hospital processes/procedures, and provided emotional support.
  • Shadowed hospice social workers and visited with hospice patients.
  • Assisted hospice nurses with direct patient care.
  • Provided respite care, reading/letter writing, friendly visitor, run errands/grocery shopping
  • Offered weekly one on one hospice care to Veterans
  • Worked with Hospice staff to offer physical and emotional support to hospice patients and provide respite for the primary care person.
  • Visit patients on a weekly basis to offer companionship and a listening ear.
  • Assist LPNs and CNAs in caring for patients.
  • Assist and socialize with patients in Hospice Program

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How To Become A Hospice Volunteer

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.


Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 


Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.


For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Hospice Volunteer Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Hindi

  • Japanese

  • Urdu

  • Italian

  • Vietnamese

  • German

  • Gujarati

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Marathi

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Tagalog

  • Korean

  • Arabic

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Top Skills for A Hospice Volunteer


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Top Hospice Volunteer Skills

  1. Patient Companionship
  2. Hospice Patients
  3. Respite Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide patient companionship, grief support, and caregiver respite.
  • Provided physical and emotional support to hospice patients and bereavement counseling to families.
  • Provided companionship and comfort to respite care patients as a volunteer.
  • Interacted with patient and their families providing physical and emotional support
  • Provided 117 hours of social interaction, comfort, and caregiver relief to hospice clients and family members.

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