Volunteers are the heart of Essence of Life Hospice. If you have a desire to give back to the community and make a difference in people’s lives, then join the Essence of Life Hospice volunteer program.
Patient care volunteers typically visit patients in their homes or nursing homes and assisted living facilities. These volunteers are part of a patient’s care team. Patient care volunteers provide:
- Companionship for patients – Visiting, playing games, reading, listening.
- Relief for caregivers – Providing a much needed break for a spouse, child, or a loved one caring for the patient.
- Other duties – Running errands, light housekeeping, walking the dog, yard work.
Organizational volunteers assist Essence of Life in areas that do not involve direct patient care. Areas of need include:
- Filing and general clerical duties
- Event planning, marketing
- Assisting with community events sponsored by Essence of Life
Note: Successful completion of our 14 hour training program is required prior to becoming an Essence of Life Volunteer. A minimum of two hours of inservice training per quarter is required to remain an active volunteer.
You angels from heaven have made my life so much better for knowing you, and all the tender loving care you gave my sister. – Amana Family
Words will never express how we appreciate all the extras you did for both our Dad and Mom. – Marengo Family
Donate to our Memorial Fund or our Living Dreams program, a program to assist our patients in making every day count.
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Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa 2014 Honored Volunteer
Darlene Reihmann, Essence of Life Hospice volunteer, was recognized for her volunteer work at the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony took place on September 5th at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Mary Hall with HCI Care Services opened up the ceremony with a talk on “Who Cares? Caring for the Caregiver.” Live entertainment of 50’s and 60’s music was performed followed by a meal and then Mary Kay Shanley, author and speaker, presented “A Pearl in the Hand.” The recognition ceremony completed the event.
Darlene has been a volunteer with hospice for over 6 years serving patients in Iowa County as well as each county surrounding Iowa County.
Darlene has outstanding qualities that make her a great hospice volunteer. She is willing to help any area in need including patient visits, office work, baking, and helping with memorials and fundraising events. Darlene has had a busy and, at times, a rough past year but she has shown her love and passion for volunteering by rarely turning down an opportunity and always showing up with a smile.
Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa 2013 Honored Volunteer
Joe Glass, Essence of Life Hospice volunteer, was recognized for his volunteer work at the Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Iowa Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony took place on September 13 at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. Dale Larson, Professor, Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University, opened up the Ceremony with a talk on “The Helper in Us All: Hospice Volunteers and the Helper’s Journey.” Followed by a meal and recognition ceremony.
Joe has been a volunteer with hospice for over 5 years serving patients in Iowa County as well as each county surrounding Iowa County.
Joe has outstanding qualities that make him a great volunteer. He has an outgoing personality and is willing to help out whenever needed, from patient visits to helping with community events and administrative duties. Joe is passionate about making each moment count for our patients as we strive to make each day the best. Joe shows his passion for volunteering by juggling a busy schedule of school, work, and still allowing time for volunteering. We are so grateful to have him a part of our team as he brightens so many patients’ and families’ lives.