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Volunteers are one of the most important members of the hospice care team. They are ordinary people with an extraordinary compassion for patients and their loved ones. With a deep understanding of the hospice concept of care, they are committed to bringing comfort to patients and their families. 

Volunteers are specially trained by Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Heyman Hospice Care for the specific type of work that they do for families.  They are required to pass a criminal background check, complete the interview and approval process with our volunteer coordinator, and complete a volunteer orientation course. 

Volunteer Roles

Hospice volunteers help patients and their families make the most of each day by providing respite care and non-medical tasks for patients and their families:

  • Cooking
  • Helping with pets
  • Phone assistance
  • Play cards or games
  • Providing listening ear
  • Running errands
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sitting with a patient to give caregivers a break
  • Writing notes

In addition to working directly with patients and patient families in their homes, there are other hospice volunteer opportunities:

  • 11th Hour volunteers, who ensure that patients are not alone when a patient is in the active dying process
  • Bereavement support
  • Companionship
  • Office and administrative help
  • Pet Companions: These specially trained service dogs and their owners provide additional companionship for hospice patients.
  • Pet Partners are volunteers who provide assistance with beloved pets owned by hospice patients
  • Respite
  • Veteran to Veteran volunteers


If you would like to join Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Heyman Hospice Care as a volunteer, call 706-509-3200 or 800-324-​1078.