Many of our Arkansas Hospice volunteers help provide care for our patients and families. Some share their pets by participating in our Therapy Dog Program. Others help with our office work and administrative duties. No matter what your preferences or talents might be, you can be a part of providing comfort care to those with life-limiting illness through volunteering. Here are just a few of our volunteer programs:
Administrative Volunteers: Many volunteers work in our offices providing greatly appreciated support of bereavement services, fundraising mailings, special events, community outreach and educational activities.
Grief Support Volunteers: Grief support, otherwise known as bereavement volunteers, assist bereavement staff in making phone calls to Arkansas Hospice families following the death of a loved one. These volunteers receive additional training from the bereavement staff and help to remind families of services available to them for up to 13 months.
Memory Bears: Volunteers with basic sewing skills can help make Memory Bears for families of Arkansas Hospice patients. The bears are made from special fabric – be it a favorite shirt, blanket or just material with special meaning. The Memory Bears are a unique symbol of remembrance for families and friends.
Patient and Family Care: Companionship is a key component, as well as helping with errands and sitting with patients while caregivers rest. Opportunities are available in patients’ homes, in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities and in our Arkansas Hospice inpatient centers.
Pet Therapy Program: The Pet Therapy Program offers the opportunity for volunteers with certified therapy dogs to visit with patients in nursing homes and our inpatient facilities. Pet therapy has been proven to lower blood pressure and provide comfort to patients. (Please click here to see more details.)
Prayer Shawl Ministry & Quilting: Volunteers donate their time and talents by creating hand-knitted, crocheted and quilted shawls, lap blankets, hats and socks for those in need. Their message of caring is simple, universal and enduring.
Project SMILE: Students Going the Extra Mile: This program is for students 14 and older who want to make a difference by volunteering their time and talents to Arkansas Hospice. They visit patients at home, nursing homes or work in our offices. They are also involved in special projects.
Teatime Volunteers: The Teatime Volunteers are teens from Mount St. Mary Academy who make weekly visits to the Arkansas Hospice Ottenheimer Inpatient Center, located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, to visit patients, families and staff. While the volunteers gain valuable perspective and on-the-job experience, many patients embrace the visits as an opportunity to touch young lives.
Tuck-In Program: The Tuck-In Program is designed to maximize the role of the volunteer in assisting other team members to operate more effectively and efficiently. Volunteers call patients at home on Thursdays to assure they have necessary supplies, medications, equipment and/or support. The appropriate team member can then act on meeting the specific needs of patients and families before the weekend.
Vet-to-Vet Program: This program pairs our veteran patients with volunteers who have also served in the military and oftentimes have a better understanding of what the patients have experienced. These veteran volunteers provide invaluable companionship and can give caretakers a chance to take a brief break.
Volunteer Vigil: These volunteers are specially trained to be present with the patient and/or family members who may need support at the time of death. A vigil may be offered during the last 24-48 hours of a patient’s life.
To start a conversation with us regarding volunteering, our Foundation or any other questions you have, please click here, or call us statewide at (877) 713-2348.
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I have nothing but the best things to say about Arkansas Hospice. They were so good to my Dad before he passed away. The love and care, compassion they showed to my dad was priceless. The nurses and CNA’s that took care of my Dad are the best and always be the best.
We are just starting our dad’s final journey and Arkansas Hospice has been a blessing. They’ve taught us so much already and provide as much support and comfort to the family as they do my dad. I’m grateful they’ll be walking this final path with us.
I love Arkansas Hospice. Every single employee has a heart of gold and takes the best care of their patients.
I would not hesitate at all to recommend this provider for anyone who is considering hospice care for themselves or for a loved one.
Arkansas Hospice took care of my Mom before she passed. It was my first experience with any hospice and I was amazed. They took such great care of her. They treated her with dignity and respect until the end.
So many thanks for the way your staff treated my very dear friend, Jeff, as he raced toward the finish line. Words can’t express my gratitude for helping us to care for him and keep him comfortable. Top-notch professionalism and immediate responses to requests for assistance.