Area Community Hospice is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you have questions or if you have a loved one to refer to hospice, please call toll-free 1.877.317.2732 at any time.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Area Community Hospice team, filling roles that range from direct contact with patients to providing clerical and fundraising support for our organization. Some of the opportunities available for hospice volunteers include:
Support for patients. This can include visiting, reading, taking walks, writing letters, interpreting for those who do not speak English, bringing in music, and supervising therapeutic visits with pets. Volunteers with necessary certification can also provide massage therapy.
Respite and support for family members. Volunteers can assist with shopping or light household maintenance, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, exercise, or simply have some time alone. Volunteers can also help care for a family pet.
Bereavement support programs. Area Community Hospice volunteers can work closely with the bereavement staff. Duties may include assisting a support group facilitator, serving refreshments, or helping with mailings to families.
Fundraising and administrative work. A volunteer with clerical skills can serve by helping in the office with administrative duties. Fundraising responsibilities can range from preparing mailings or thank-you letters to organizing fundraising events and contacting potential donors.
Special skills and interests. Area Community Hospice utilizes volunteers to maintain the patient’s grounds and landscaping. Notaries, barbers and beauticians can also volunteer their services to patients. Musicians often volunteer to play at inpatient facilities.
Area Community Hospice require volunteers to be over the age of 18 or 21, but some have volunteer programs for high school students. It is not uncommon for people whose loved one died in hospice care to want to volunteer for Area Community Hospice soon after the death, but we require newly bereaved volunteer candidates to wait for a period of time before volunteering at the bedside.
Area Community Hospice has made it easy to refer patients to hospice care. Our hospice referral process is designed to evaluate patients in a timely manner and provide patients and caregivers with pertinent information about our unique hospice programs.
Whether you’re a physician or a family caregiver, you can rest assured that the patient will be taken care of in his or her time of need.
The Hospice Referral Process
How do you make a referral to Are Community Hospice? Start by calling us at (806) 293 – 2732. After the initial hospice patient referral, an Area Community Hospice registration representative will meet with the patient and caregiver for an informal visit, to:
- Have a hospice nurse evaluate the referred patient to see if hospice care is the best course of action at this time
- Provide an overview of our available programs and services
- Collect consents and admissions
The patient referral process has been designed to ensure that patients receive the care they need. In many cases, end-of-life care is recommended too late for patients. That’s why our hospice referral process works to get the right patients into hospice care as quickly as possible.