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VITAS Healthcare of Texas
Houston, Texas 77098
VITAS is the leading provider of end-of-life care in the United States. We began providing service in 1978, and now have 20 hospice programs in 22 locations, including Florida, Texas, California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Wisconsin. We serve more than 36,000 new patients annually, approximately four times the number of patients served by the next largest U.S. hospice provider. Our Houston/Friendswood area serves over 360 patients daily. Care is provided at home, in long term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and in hospice inpatient units.
Volunteers are an integral part of our program of patient/family care. Assignments are offered in areas near your own home. Our volunteers provide services such as patient social visits, respite care for the families, bereavement care, speaking opportunities in the community, administrative assistance at the Houston or Friendswood offices, arts and crafts, telephone care calls to patients and families, Pet Volunteer Program and other areas that our volunteers may specialize in.
Description of Internship
Before working with patients, all of our interns/volunteers attend an 8-hour orientation to receive extensive training in family dynamics, bereavement, communication, safety, etc. to better prepare them for their service. Volunteer opportunities are assigned to accommodate our volunteers' schedules and interests, and locations. Patient visits can be made during the day or evenings, weekdays or weekends, depending on the patient, family, and volunteer needs/availability. Volunteer duties do not include any type of medical treatment or duties.
Criteria for Interns
Patient Care Volunteers must be 16 years and older. There are no requirements for educational background or field of study – volunteer opportunities are open to all social science majors. No heavy lifting is required. A criminal background check is required of all volunteers working with patients.
Velanie Turner, Volunteer Services Manager
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Last updated or reviewed on 7/16/12