Volunteers continue to play an essential role in hospice care and make vital contributions to patients and families. We provide physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort while allowing patients and their families to retain as much autonomy and dignity as possible. Our volunteers work in almost every department, whether it is visiting patients or working in the administrative office. We offer volunteer opportunities not only in Los Angeles and Orange County, but also in the San Fernando Valley area.
More Than One Way to Volunteer
Support For Patients and Family
Adults and young adults are welcomed to be part of our team! Because all our patients have unique needs toward their end-of-life, we seek volunteers from all backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. If you are under the age of 18, we will ask for you to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to any patient visits as a parent child or family volunteer team. If you are at least 18 years old, you can become part of our interdisciplinary team and assist us with various administrative projects and attend patient visits on your own.
Some qualities of a hospice volunteer include, but not limited to:
- Excellent communicator
- Good listener
- Volunteers can provide a different perspective when it comes to caring for the patient. Volunteers are part of our interdisciplinary team and can always discuss the needs of the patient and their family to our clinical team, so we can all better serve the patient.
- History: The concept of hospice was started in England by Dr. Cicely Saunders in 1967 and was originally ran by volunteers who cared for dying patients. Hence, when hospice care became a Medicare benefit in 1982, President Ronald Regan implemented a written law stating that 5 percent of total patient care hours has to be provided by volunteers. This is one of the things that makes hospice care unique and different in the healthcare industry.
- Every Reliance Hospice volunteer is required to complete a two-day training before being assigned a patient.
- Day 1 of Training
- Introduction to the program
- Hospice philosophy
- Reliance’s mission and values
- Discussion about which department and patient the volunteer best fits
- Day 2 of Training
- Grief and loss
- How to be prepared
- What to expect
- Safety precautions
- Day 1 of Training
Apply online and complete the application below! Once it is submitted, one of our Volunteer Coordinators will review it and reach out regarding the next steps. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach us at (877) 659-5998 or apply by clicking the button below. We’re happy to answer any questions or help you fill out the volunteer application.