Helping People Live
Hospice volunteers provide companionship to our patients living with a serious illness and help their family and caregivers in many ways. Our volunteers also assist our staff with clerical work, fund raising, community outreach, patient celebrations, and other areas of hospice. Volunteers must be 21 years of age.
We rely on volunteer support to provide exceptional end of life care to our patients and their families in the patient’s home, assisted living facility, nursing home, or in Hospice LaGrange, our hospice house. By using your talents, gifts, and interests, you can be a blessing to someone in their final months and weeks of life.
Click here to access an application and background check to begin the process of becoming a Hospice Volunteer.
West Georgia Hospice conducts new volunteer training twice annually. This training is about two days and provides education on:
- History, goals and standards of West Georgia Hospice.
- Overview of services offered by West Georgia Hospice.
- Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues that people may encounter at the end of life.
- Safety Guidelines.
- Interdisciplinary Team Approach.
- Basic Information about Grief and Loss.
- Boundaries and expectations of volunteers.
- Some areas of volunteering, visiting with patients for example, requires additional training.
How can volunteers help?
Typical volunteer duties are:
- Writing down stories or correspondence for patient.
- Being a comforting and supportive presence for the patient or caregiver.
- Playing board games, cards, or participating in other patient hobbies.
- Running errands for the patient or family.
- Playing piano or other musical instrument.
- Transporting a patient shopping or to appointments.
- Providing time for the caregiver to take care of her/him self.
- Receptionist/Greeter in lobby of Hospice LaGrange.
- Coffee Cart in Hospice LaGrange.
- Sewing memory pillows.
- Crocheting/knitting prayer blankets.
- Clerical support, phones or filing.
- Fund raising support.
- Providing food, meals or baked items for patients or for special occasions.
- Camp Dogwood, Weekend Grief Camp for children (camp volunteers are 18 years old and up).
Partner with us in providing the best of care that enables our patients and their families the highest quality of life possible. It is a gratifying experience to know you have made an impact in another person’s life. Come join us!
If you are interested in volunteering with us, contact Volunteer Coordinator Tammy Forbus at (706) 845-3962 or ForbusT@WGHealth.org, or call (706) 845-3905.