Volunteers serve OhioHealth Shelby Hospital in so many ways – in virtually every department – by providing support to nursing professionals and associates so they can focus their efforts on patient care. No matter your interests or skills, volunteering can provide an opportunity for personal fulfillment.
We have many opportunities for those who are looking for rewarding hospital volunteer experience. As a volunteer, you may be asked to serve in a number of capacities:
Physical and Occupational Therapy
In addition, we have hospice volunteer opportunities. Hospice volunteers support and encourage the patient and family on a personal caring basis. Direct care hospice volunteer support may include:
Visiting with the patient to provide respite care and companionship for patients
Running household errands
Assisting with reading and correspondence
Providing bereavement support to family members after the patient's death
Providing childcare for patient families
Participating in veteran recognition
Volunteer training is required for hospice positions. All volunteers attend a 12-hour training course that includes:
An introduction to hospice history and philosophy
Information on the importance of maintaining confidentiality and other patient's rights, active listening and communication
The volunteer's role and responsibilities on the hospice team
The grieving process and how to help
Spiritual needs of the dying and their families and friends
The psychological needs of a family impacted by terminal illness
Volunteers are assigned to their areas of interest by the hospice volunteer coordinator. Volunteers assisting with direct care or bereavement care are assigned to specific patients. During the period of patient assignment, a volunteer should expect to give two to four hours per week.
To information about volunteering at Shelby Hospital, call (419) 342.1704.
For information about Shelby hospice volunteering, call (419) 520.2975.
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