As the Volunteer Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I coordinate the 40 volunteers that support patients and their caregivers across the region.
Our volunteers visit with patients in their homes. They provide respite for caregivers, so that they can go out and do errands, go out to lunch with friends, or take a nap in another part of the house. They also visit patients who are in facilities, where the primary goal is more companionship and stimulation. Each volunteer gives about three or four hours per week of his or her time.