Becoming a McCortney Family Hospice Volunteer
McCortney Family Hospice service volunteers provide companionship, caring and support for people who are at the most vulnerable and challenging point in their lives. Hospice volunteering in Norman and Ada is a uniquely fulfilling opportunity and gives you the chance to help those who need it most.
As a volunteer, you can contribute as few or as many hours as you wish, on a flexible schedule of your choosing. Typically, a volunteer assignment takes one hour a week and consists of a one-hour visit to an assigned patient.
You can help out in many different way. Our volunteers are divided into several categories:
- General volunteers choose to act as friendly visitors—offering support, companionship and practical, caring help to hospice patients. Interactions may include talking, reading, watching television, holding a patient’s hand, playing games, listening to music, writing letters, looking through pictures, or any other activities they may enjoy. They also provide respite help by sitting with in-home patients on a weekly basis so caregivers can take a break. They may also run errands or help a family with special requests like light housekeeping or yard work. Finally, they may play games with residents or assist with special events in area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
- Administrative volunteers help in our office, performing basic clerical duties and helping with special projects.
- Professional volunteers may offer services such as massage therapy, pet therapy and hair styling. Professional licenses must be current and valid in the state of Oklahoma.
- Bereavement volunteers assist McCortney’s bereavement coordinators in communicating with our families after they have lost a loved one. They may also provide bereavement-related administrative support.
- Vigil volunteers sit with patients who are actively dying without family or friends present. They also are available to give support to family members who need a break from the bedside of the loved one during the dying process, or they may sit with the patient and family at the family’s request. Vigil shifts are limited to no more than four hours at one time, whenever the volunteer is available.
A background check and three personal references are required for every applicant before training. All volunteers, except those who don’t see patients, also must have a two-step TB (tuberculosis) test, performed in our office. We provide the background check and the TB test free of charge.
If you would like more information, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Terri Caruso, at either 405-360-2400 or 580-332-6900.
If you know of someone in the Norman or Ada, Oklahoma area in need of hospice services, contact our dedicated staff to set up care or get answers to your questions.