Hospice Volunteer

Hospice Volunteers

Olathe Health Hospice Care has been operating for more than 30 years, providing services to patients who are facing end-of-life illnesses. As a volunteer, you will assist our staff and help them provide quality care to our patients and their families.

For more information:
Amy Potts, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
913-324-8515
amy.potts@olathehealth.org

Adult Hospice Volunteers

Hospice volunteers fulfill a variety of roles. We will match your role to your skills and interests to ensure that your donation of time and energy won’t be wasted.

Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Hospice House: Cover a weekly or bi-weekly shift of 3-4 hours. Weekday shifts are currently available! Three levels of volunteer services for you to choose from:
    • Front Desk – answer phones, greet visitors, light clerical duties
    • House Assistant – make coffee, cookies, and soup. Tidy kitchen and common areas, stock supplies
    • Patient Care – work alongside nurses to provide direct patient care, such as repositioning and grooming
  • Office: Complete a variety of clerical tasks - copying, faxing, filing, auditing, and compiling packets. Computer work is also available (this is optional and training is provided). Weekly shifts of 3-4 hours.
  • Spiritual Companion: Complete assessments and visits with a spiritual focus. Must have education in religion/theology (pastoral education certificate or more) or experience (Stephen Ministry volunteer, Bible study leader, church deacon, etc.) Level of commitment depends on your interest and availability. Schedule is flexible to your needs.
  • In-Home Companion/Caregiver Relief: Visit with patients in their homes – read to them and provide socialization. This allows the caregiver to leave the home to run errands. Shifts are flexible to your schedule, usually 3-4 hours per week.
  • Pet Therapy, Massage Therapy, Hair Stylist, Barber: Use your special skills and experience to create a unique volunteer role that suits your needs. Shifts can be flexible to accommodate your schedule.
  • Sewing/Crafts: Great for groups or individuals! Sewing skills are not required. Complete projects at your local group meetings, at our monthly sewing meetings, or in the comfort of your own home.

Orientation and training are provided prior to placement. Opportunities are available throughout our service area including Johnson, Miami, Douglas, Franklin, Linn, Anderson and Wyandotte counties.

Hospice Volunteer Requirements:

  • AGE: 16 years or older
  • TIME COMMITMENT: A minimum of one year of continuous volunteer service
  • BACKGROUND CHECK: A criminal background check must be successfully completed
  • TRAINING: Attendance at Hospice Volunteer Training is required
  • RESTRICTIONS: Volunteer positions may not be used to fulfill court-ordered community service
  • HEALTH CLEARANCE: Volunteers are required to complete various health screenings prior to service (TB, MMRV). Volunteers are also required to receive an annual flu vaccine (or wear a mask during flu season from November through April).
  • CONFIDENTIALITY: Volunteers are required to maintain confidentiality in their volunteer service

How to Apply:

  • Download an application here.
  • Please mail this application or drop it off in person to:

    Olathe Health Hospice Care
    Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
    Southpark Medical Plaza
    20920 W. 151st St, Suite 204
    Olathe, KS 66061

You should be contacted within 14 days of receipt of the application. If you are not contacted within 14 days, please call the Hospice office at 913-324-8515.

Student Hospice Volunteers

We have opportunities for student volunteers at the Hospice House. Click here for details.