Volunteering

Volunteer at Banner Hospice

Hospice volunteers provide much needed support and assistance during our patients’ end of life journeys.

For those who have had a loved one experience hospice services, or for those who are new to hospice, the results are the same:  a feeling by everyone involved that the patient is receiving the best care possible.  This care is not only for the relief of physical pain and suffering, but also the providing of support for the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs.

A volunteer’s simple act of kindness of staying with a patient while a family member takes time to attend to the normal demands of life, is immeasurable.

With a simple visit, a volunteer can help alleviate feelings of isolation when a person has found themselves to be near the end of their life and not able to spend the time they once could engaging in social activities.

We match Hospice volunteers based on patients’ and their families’ needs and by travel distance.  Banner Hospice provides care to people throughout Phoenix and the surrounding areas.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for hospice should expect to:

  • Receive individual attention from one of our Volunteer Coordinators
  • Complete a thorough health screening; including a TB test, immunization verification and annual flu shot.
  • Have a background check be submitted
  • Be eligible to receive an Arizona fingerprint card
  • Agree with the hospice philosophy, privacy regulations and Banner’s Code of Conduct

Once accepted as a volunteer, you'll be given an ID badge and will become a member of our care team.  You will have many opportunities to meet with other hospice volunteers and share experiences.

This is an opportunity like no other.  You will be rewarded with the memories of faces and friends that will be with you for a lifetime!

As Cicely Saunders, best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, said so eloquently, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

If you’re interested in finding out more about changing a life (maybe even yours!) and becoming a Banner Hospice volunteer, please contact:

West Valley –  Kathy.thornton@bannerhealth.com; (602) 679-7584

East Valley –  Jeanie.gaskill@bannerhealth.com; (602) 747-8905

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