Volunteer Services

Volunteer Services

Trained Volunteers: Making a big difference.

Center for Hospice Care has one of the most extensive volunteer programs in the region, with more than 100 people involved. We provide three main areas of service:

Patient Care

  • Companionship. Our volunteers spend time with patients sharing interests, reading, listening to music, and simply being present.
  • Giving the primary caregiver a break. This can provide needed respite for family members and caregivers.
  • Emotional support. Volunteers provide a calming and reassuring presence during challenging times.
  • Meal preparation and household chores. While not a primary duty, occasional household duties may be handled.
  • Errands. Picking up and delivering supplies or groceries are among volunteer duties.
  • Vigil. During late and difficult hours, volunteers are willing to stay with a patient, ensuring that no one dies alone.

Pet Therapy

  • Reducing loneliness and depression. Pet Therapy is proven to help alleviate isolation and sorrow and lower blood pressure.
  • A welcome distraction. Pet therapy can break the cycle of worry and challenge in daily life.
  • Unconditional support. Dogs pay no attention to illness. They only want to be in the present moment with people.

Complementary Therapies

Center for Hospice Care maintains a qualified group of volunteer therapists in these areas:

  • Therapeutic massage. This is proven to ease muscular pain, improve circulation, and reduce stress.
  • Reiki. The Japanese practice using simple hands-on and visualization techniques to restore the flow of life energy.
  • Reflexology. A method of relieving pain by applying pressure to areas of the feet and hands.
  • Energy work. A term that refers to several therapies, each intended to restore the harmonious flow of life energy through the body.
  • Physician-approval required. The above services are free under Center for Hospice Care but must be authorized by the patient’s physician.

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  • Accreditations and Certifications:
  • We Honor Veterans
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2014
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2015
  • Hartford Courant Top Places to Work 2017