Volunteering For Hospice

Hundreds of area residents volunteer for Hospice to offer support and encouragement to seriously ill patients and their families. They receive specialized training to prepare them to help during times of crisis or stress—and they experience life-changing moments during their time helping in Hospice.

Volunteers assist and bring comfort in many ways, including:

  • Providing support to patients and families during and after episodes of terminal illness
  • Giving temporary relief to family members who must be away from home for brief periods of time
  • Visiting patients at home, in a nursing home, or in a hospice inpatient unit
  • Reading to patients or helping to write letters
  • Helping with errands, grocery shopping and meal preparation

Many hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experiences with the compassionate care hospice provided to a family member or friend.

Volunteer Training

People who are not familiar with hospice care may assume that this volunteer work takes place in a setting of gloom and despair, but hospice volunteers know that time spent with terminal patients can be filled with dignity and love.

Hospice volunteer training explores the physical, spiritual and psychosocial aspects of how you can help people at the end of life. There is no charge to register for training, and the formal application process can be started in advance so new volunteers can begin their service as soon as they complete training.

We are actively seeking spiritual care volunteer chaplains with experience in one or more of the following: hospice & palliative care, home visits, lay pastoral care, clinical pastoral education, interfaith ministry, and end-of-life rituals.

Our chaplains support patients and families do not impose their own beliefs, and can provide skilled spiritual support to patients and families. Contact Rev. Kelly Spahr at 585-350-7877 or Kelly.spahr@rochesterregional.org.

We are also currently seeking Pet Therapy volunteers, Massage Therapy and Reiki volunteers.

Ways You Can Help

Many individuals become volunteers for hospice after having experienced the loss of a loved one, because they understand the unique support that a hospice volunteer provides to a family during this stressful time. We would love to talk to you about becoming a volunteer for Lifetime Care. We welcome volunteers of all ages.  Our Youth Volunteer Program involves teenagers in a variety of activities that support families of hospice patients. Other volunteers help in the hospice office, including these who make phone calls to people who have recently lost a loved one. 

To experience the rewards of being a Hospice Volunteer, call a Volunteer Coordinator with questions or to ask about the next scheduled training session.  You can reach a coordinator from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email rose.fletcher@rochesterregional.org.

Rochester: (585) 214-1444

Newark: (315) 332-4020

Make a Donation (click here)

Contributions to hospice allow us to make a difference in the quality of life for all our terminally ill patients and their families. Hospices are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance for care provided to the terminally ill. These payments are made on a per diem basis and not for each of the services provided. As a result, not all of the services Lifetime Care provides are paid for by the insurance reimbursement.

As a nonprofit hospice provider, Lifetime Care makes hospice services available to anyone regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.