Hearts for Hospice

Basic Information

Address: 3090 E Gentry Way, Suite 150, Meridian, ID 83642
Phone Number: 208-389-2276
Fax Number: 208-389-2282
Director: Deirdre Kempe

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Death and Dying, Healthcare
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Terminally Ill
Ages for Volunteer: 18+
Hours of Service: Flexible
Minimum Hours Required: 2-3 hours per week
Days of Service: Flexible
Mission Statement:

Hearts for Hospice is committed to recognizing that individuals and families are the true experts in their own care. We support our staff so they can put our patients and families first. We will focus on enhancing the patient’s quality of life, preserving the patient’s dignity and dealing with the patient’s end of life issues. Our team of professionals will provide education to the community, patient, and family to encourage the use of Hospice services everywhere.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

It's All About Living!

Additional Information:


Volunteering for hospice can be a challenging and rewarding experience. Volunteer training teaches you how to care for people with life-limiting illnesses as well as their family and friends. The experience makes you a more effective communicator. By serving people who are making choices on how to spend their last precious days of life, volunteers learn more about themselves and what really matters.
Providing quality care for those in our community who have life-limiting illnesses builds a sense of belonging for all those who participate. Volunteers are special people who make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families. They also make a valuable contribution to the community and enhance their own well-being. As a hospice volunteer, you are an integral part of our interdisciplinary team approach that includes: Registered Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Social Worker, Spiritual Care, Bereavement, and Music Therapy.
Some examples of volunteer tasks are:
-          Provide respite and support for family and other caregivers.
-          Do administrative work in the hospice office.
-          Read to patients, play games, work on puzzles, take patient for a walk, arts and crafts.
-          Offer companionship to patients and their families.
-          Provide bereavement support for families.
-          Provide professional services (lawn service, massage, legal and accounting)
-          Assist with special events and celebrations.
-          Phone calls to patients and families.
-          Create cards we can deliver to patients on birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions.
-          Bake cookies or cupcakes for special occasions.
-          Create memory books and life reviews.
There are many other ways to make a contribution based on your own interests and skills (music, gardening, art, sports, etc.). After application, initial interview, and orientation are complete, you will be matched with a patient with similar interests. If you want to help and are not ready for patient contact, we have many opportunities for you here in the office as well as helping with special events.
Volunteers are required to submit to a TB Test and also a background check at no cost to you. Volunteers must be at least age 18.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jessica Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator with Hearts for Hospice at jessical@heartsforhospice.com (208) 389-2276. We are in need of volunteers in Ada, Canyon, and Elmore counties. You can also find additional information about Hearts for Hospice at www.heartsforhospice.com.