Providing support in all ways
Volunteering & Nurturing Arts
Connecting the Mind, Body & Spirit
We offer activities that can engage and improve quality of life. By addressing the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of a patient, we add an extra dimension of care to Homestead’s commitment to providing best practices in hospice and palliative services. Activities such as music, art, exercise and theater will assist the patient with self-expression.
The power of creativity is monumental and it can help deal with life’s issues. It helps to build a renewed sense of life satisfaction while also providing a safe way to explore.
Changes in health
For older adults, dancing can be very therapeutic. Dance provides a supportive environment for the patient to express their feelings and share life experiences through movement.
As people age, they may become restricted in their movement due to an illness or symptoms of their disease. To help the patient stay limber and to alleviate pain, Homestead offers several forms of exercise that is possible with limited mobility.
Music can have many positive results, especially for those patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. In numerous clinical studies of older adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, familiar music has reduced depression, lessened agitation and increased sociability, movement, and cognitive ability.
Watching a performance as simple as a puppet show can awaken the mind and bring a healing laughter.
Other Volunteer Services
Homestead Hospice needs people like you to donate time, energy and experience in a variety of areas, including community outreach, social events within the community and direct patient contact. Together, we will be able to assist patients and families living with terminal illness. Homestead volunteers often express their feelings of joy and inspiration as they make a difference in the lives of the patients and families they help.
Memory Café (where available)
Being a caregiver of a loved one with dementia is challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Frustration is a normal and valid emotional response to the many difficulties of caring for your family member with Dementia. Homestead will support you in your role of caring for a loved one through our Memory Care Café program. Here you can express your feelings and even frustration in a safe, non-judgmental environment while hearing from others that are going through a similar experience.
There are many younger children who don’t have the pleasure and knowledge that comes from grandparents. It is a special bond that is formed when a senior has the ability to encourage a young person to live their best life and shares stories about their own lives. Our junior volunteer program provides the opportunity for a child (ages 10-12) and their parent (or guardian) to listen, read and enjoy the companionship with our hospice patients. Junior Volunteers are young comforting souls and soak up the memories and stories from someone who has lived a full and rich life.
As one of our enrichment programs with the Homestead teen volunteers, a patient in hospice can play a game of cards or watch a movie or share a life story.
Legacy Project (where available)
Young adults (teen volunteer) will capture the life stories of our patients and the goal is to compile their stories and create a keepsake book, Bringing Generations Together.
Clerical support for our Bereavement Coordinator.
These volunteers visit with a spouse after the death of a loved one and are there just to listen. They also assist in any way with our memorial services and make care calls to check in with families.
Volunteers for Emotional Support
Volunteers may read to/with the patient. They may play a game, watch movies/TV, or sit and visit. Sometimes a simple conversation is all the emotional support a patient or family member needs or wants.
This program allows companies to give back to their community. Volunteer Coordinator/Director of Volunteers is happy to present the Homestead volunteer program to the Community Affairs department and they would adopt Homestead as their charity for either six months or one year. We would provide volunteer training for those that want to be a part of this program.
Portrait Artist (where available)
Our volunteer artist gives their time and materials. Homestead staff supplies a photo of the patient (must be a clear photo of their face) to the Volunteer Coordinator to share with a portrait artist. The artist completes the portrait using the choice of media the patient chooses (time frame of completion will vary depending upon the media chosen). A volunteer framer will complete the portrait for a presentation and a portrait unveiling will take place wherever the patient lives.
Memorial Service Volunteer
Volunteers assist during a memorial service by passing out flowers, seating families, helping with refreshments, etc. (works with a Homestead Chaplain)
Volunteers that support our office staff in all departments.
Volunteers set up skype calls to have conversations with family members via the internet.
Prayer Shawl (where available)
Blanket-type shawls are made to give warmth and comfort for the patient. We partner with churches and our volunteers to make the shawls and each one comes with a journal so each Homestead staff member can write a little note as they visit.
Shears with Heart (where available)
A volunteer beautician can make a patient feel beautiful by going to their home (wherever they reside) and provide a shampoo, manicure and pedicure at their request.
Volunteer Care Calls
Hospice patients living alone need that extra support as they may not see family or other people for several days. Our care calls are done by volunteers that do not wish to physically visit the patient but want to help in some way. Care call volunteers are assigned a patient and they will call them three times a week until they come off service.
Ambassador of Events
A Homestead volunteer team leader is assigned to coordinate and assist in all community involvement activities.
For more information on any the Homestead volunteer or Nurturing Arts programs, or if you are interested in becoming a Homestead volunteer, please visit our volunteer hiring page.