This is a service unique to hospice. Twice a year we provide an extensive 20 hour training to interested community members so that they can provide support for Hospice of Montezuma patients and their families.
Volunteers are available to help with transportation, run errands, read to patients, mow the lawn, write letters, share stories, or sit with a patient while the usual caregiver takes a few precious moments off. This service alone can provide great relief to both patients and their families.
Words cannot express the value of the gift these special people give.
What volunteers are…..
Companion to Patient
Caring presence: volunteers read to patients, write letters for them and provide quiet companionship.
Companion to Caregiver
Respite provider: volunteers provide caregivers an opportunity for a break from continuous care of their loved one.
Support person: volunteers are there for comfort, help and information.
Friend to Bereaved
Confidant: volunteers may see the family through the patient’s death, attend the funeral and provide continuing support.
Helper behind the scenes
Organization supporter: volunteers can provide clerical, public speaking, fund raising, baking, and other support services for Hospice of Montezuma.
How to Volunteer
Contact Ronda Lancaster at (970) 565-4400
Mail name, address phone number and email to:
Ronda Lancaster– Hospice of Montezuma
PO Drawer 740 Cortez, CO 81321
When we know about your interest in volunteering, the volunteer coordinator will call to determine:
Why you want to volunteer.
What your interests and availability are.
How to provide you a written application.
Where and when to arrange an in-person interview.
Training comes next. At the completion of training, each candidate talks with the coordinator once more. Together they decide if volunteer work is something the person is ready for and truly wants to do.