Become a volunteer for Big Bend Hospice

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It’s the simple things that mean so much to a resident in a nursing home (NH) or an assisted living facility (ALF). That is why Big Bend Hospice encourages people in their community to become Care and Comfort volunteers. This team is responsible for all of our hospice patients who live in a NH or ALF.
Volunteering at a NH or ALF has many advantages, not only for the residents, but also for the volunteers. Residents receive extra one-on-one attention when a volunteer visits with them. Volunteers can read, reminisce, or even help patients participate in facility-led activities such as BINGO. Volunteers can take a patient outside when the weather is nice or assist them with crafts. The patients’ families appreciate knowing there is someone available to visit with their loved ones, especially if they live out of town.
BBH volunteers can be assigned to a specific NH or ALF, preferably one that is closest to their home or work. They have the convenience of going to assist at lunch time or make a visit on their way home after work. If the facility is close to their home, it’s easier to volunteer on the weekends which tend to be the loneliest for many residents.
If you would like to learn more about becoming a hospice volunteer at your local nursing home or assisted living facility, please call the Volunteer Department at (850) 878-5310 or sharon@bigbendhospice.org.