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Forbes Hospice

Volunteer Services

Forbes Hospice volunteers enhance the program through their tireless commitment to the patients and families we serve. Forbes Hospice has extensive volunteer training and regards volunteers as essential in carrying out its mission. Volunteers are involved in every aspect of the hospice program, including home visiting, inpatient care, 11th hour program, spiritual care, nursing home visits, bereavement support, administrative support and fundraising.

Forbes Hospice Volunteer Training

West Penn Hospital, Bloomfield
Please call 412-578-5046, for more information or to register.

Do you want to become a Forbes Hospice Volunteer?

Home Visiting Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to the patient and his/her family members. They provide respite care in the home by staying with a patient while the caretaker has an opportunity to take a break. They also run errands or shopping, prepare meals, do light housekeeping and provide personal grooming and child care. This role is “being a good friend.” Volunteers in the home help to meet the emotional, social and recreational needs of the patient and families. Training is required and provided.

Patient Care Volunteers provide direct care to patients in our inpatient unit. These volunteers give baths, change the linen, change the night wear, feed the patients; they do whatever it takes to get patients ready for the day. Volunteers answer the phone and help to run the unit as smooth as possible. They also provide emotional support by being at the bedside. Training is required and provided.

11th Hour Volunteers, sometimes called vigil volunteers, these volunteers are at the bedside offering support to patients and their families in the final hours or days of life. An 11th hour volunteer is able to provide that unique understanding, answering questions, guiding the family through their own process of closure and simply preventing dying patients or family members from being alone. Training is required and provided.

Spiritual Care Volunteers tend to the spiritual and religious needs of our hospice patients. Volunteers offer prayer, attentive listening, meditative and spiritual readings, and participate in memorial services. These volunteers work closely with our hospice chaplains. Training is required and provided.

Nursing Home Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship to patients who live in a nursing home. Training is required and provided.

Administrative Support Volunteers offer support and assistance in the office. Simple, valuable tasks are necessary, such as putting together admission packets, bulk mailings, computer work, answering phones, making telephone calls, assisting in the education department, and meeting and greeting visitors. Volunteers often bring their special talent to us, such as piano playing, massage therapist, Reiki technique and pet therapy. No training is required.

Bereavement Volunteers make telephone calls to caregivers who have lost a loved one on our program. They work closely with our bereavement coordinator, supporting individuals through their own grief process. Volunteers co-facilitate bereavement support groups offered throughout the community. Training for this volunteer opportunity is required and is provided by Forbes Hospice.

Friends of Forbes Hospice is an auxiliary group of individuals interested in fundraising. They organize several fund-raises throughout the year. A luncheon and fashion show, holiday programs, a theater party and a flea market are examples of their good work.

For more information on the volunteer program, please contact Volunteer Services at 412.578.5046 or at hospice@wpahs.org.

Application Form

To become a volunteer, please fill in AHN Volunteer Application form.

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