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Accent Care Hospice and Palliative Care
Baycare Health System-St. Joseph’s Hospital
1408 N. West Shore, Suite 260

Hospice is a way of providing care for a person who is terminally ill. Hospice is a program that focuses on quality of life. It is most helpful during the final six months of life expectancy. Hospice believes in the right of people to know accurately and honestly what is happening to them so they can choose how they want to spend the remaining amount of time in the most purposeful and meaningful ways. Hospice is for people who have any terminal illness. Hospice is a way to deal realistically with a fatal disease. It offers the hope of dignity and comfort. Hospice is a family-oriented program that helps families and/or friends care for their loved one in the home.

At AccentCare, our volunteers fulfill a number of vital roles, including:
–  Providing companionship and helping with small chores for patients
– Creating moving legacy projects or memory keepsakes
– Assisting with administrative duties at our offices

The contributions of these volunteers are enshrined into the hospice philosophy by making them an integral part of the hospice care team. Every hospice in the United States has a team of dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talents to help patients.

Veterans are particularly needed as companion volunteers because of their ability to connect with veterans in hospice.

Specific Opportunities at AccentCare Hospice and Palliative Care:

In addition to the three primary positions, there are other needs that include:
– Certified Pet Therapy Dog
– Massage Therapy
– Reiki,
– Hair Stylists
– Photography
If you are interested in these other needs, or if you have a skill or interest in something else that you believe is useful in a hospice environment, please complete the form below and we’ll follow up with you.

Please note: With the exception of positions that can be worked from the volunteer’s home, volunteers be fully vaccinated against covid-19

 

Companion Volunteer

Work Location: Patient homes as well as Assisted Living Facilities in Ruskin, Wimauma, and Sun City Center.

Purpose: To provide companionship & respite to our patients & families.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Visit with the patient, Reading, Walking, Engaging in Conversation, Watching TV, Playing Board Games, Working on Crafts, Play Music, Etc.

Provide, Breaks for the family/caregiver to run errands or take personal time while knowing their loved one is with someone

Provide Spiritual or Vigil Support. visit bedside with a patient when they are at end of life. This is part of our No One Dies Alone program.

Qualifications:
Empathy
background Check 
fingerprints,
Drug Testing,
Must be fully vaccinated against covid-19
TB testing (all paid for by AccentCare)

Commitment Expected:
We ask that Volunteers Commit from 1-4 times per month and the very least 1 hour, possibly more if the volunteer has time

Training: 
Training is done both online (modules) or in the office (we can come to you to do the in-person training).

Vigil Volunteer

Work Location:
Patient homes as well as Assisted Living Facilities in Ruskin, Wimauma, Sun City Center.

Purpose of the Position:
When family support is not available, we want to make sure that no patient dies alone.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Visit bedside with a patient when they are at end of life.

Qualifications
Empathy
Pass Fingerprint, Background Check,
Pass Drug Test
Negative on TB test
Must be fully vaccinated against covid-19
(all Tests paid for by AccentCare).

Commitment Expected
We ask that Volunteers Commit from 1-4 times per month and the very least 1 hour, possibly more if the volunteer has time

Training

Participate in initial hospice volunteer training as well as basic orientation. Training is offered in different formats and locations throughout the AccentCare service areas. Specific skill sets may require an additional interview, selection, and program training.  After acceptance as a vigil volunteer you and the volunteer coordinator will work out the details of your training.

Memory Bear Seamstress

Work Location Volunteer’s home

Purpose of the Position
To help create lasting memories for patient and families by creating Memory Bears in patient clothing. We also need fidget blankets and quilts/covers for patient beds to create a nice cozy environment.

Responsibilities and Duties
Turn a patient’s clothing into a personalized stuffed bear for the family to cherish

Qualifications
Empathy
Pass Fingerprint, Background Check,
Pass Drug Test
Negative on TB test
(All Tests paid for by AccentCare).

Commitment Expected
We ask that Volunteers Commit from 1-4 times per month and the very least 1 hour, possibly more if the volunteer has time

Training
Indirect Care Volunteers receive basic orientation, training specific to task undertaking, and are encouraged to attend initial hospice volunteer training. Volunteer training and orientation give volunteers an opportunity to learn new skills and become aware of skills they already possess.

Next Step: Seniors in Service helps nonprofits throughout Tampa Bay find volunteers like you to help accomplish their mission. Fill out the form below and someone from Seniors in Service will contact you soon to walk you through the next steps to begin volunteering. In question 4, please include the words “Accent Care.”