All volunteers, must attend a minimum 12 hour volunteer training class. Each volunteer receives extensive training from our hospice staff that
equips them to work closely with you and your family during your time
with Gaston Hospice. Bereavement volunteers receive additional training
after completing the initial training class.
Individuals must complete the following requirements in order to be a Gaston
- Application and interview process
- Reference and background check
- Annual TB test
- 8-12 hours of continuing education hours for office and family support
volunteers every year
- Volunteers receive comprehensive training on such topics as: hospice philosophy
and concepts of care, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects
of terminal illness, symptom management, family dynamics and coping, emergency
procedures, safety issues, confidentiality and patient rights, procedure
for death occurring in the home, grief and bereavement, documentation
and recordkeeping, universal precautions.
- Volunteers are asked to commit to four hours weekly for at least a one
year commitment after the completion of training.
Volunteer training is offered three times throughout the year. Attendance
every day is mandatory per Medicare policy. Please
submit an application on the Gaston Hospice website if interested in becoming a volunteer.
Volunteers are encouraged to wait a year after the death of a loved one
before becoming a Gaston Hospice Volunteer, to allow time for the processing
of their own grief.
Questions? Contact Julie Young, Volunteer Coordinator, at