Paradigm Health hospice care volunteers play a vital role in the holistic and community-based support for hospice patients and their families. As an industry innovator and leader Paradigm Health has been serving Central Indiana hospice and palliative care patients for over 10 years. We are expanding our service territory footprint to include Allen, Monroe and their surrounding counties.  

Our mission is to raise the bar of the hospice and palliative experience one family, one team member, one community at a time. Contributing to our mission and vision is the value to our patients and families of our volunteers. Our service footprint is expanding, and we are in search of quality volunteers to assist with patient visits — bringing them joy and life enrichment — throughout their healthcare journey.  

Paradigm Health is always in search of volunteers with good citizen canines or who may have administrative skills to share in an office setting. Volunteers can help our patients feel engaged and their shared life stories valued. Beyond assisting patients, Paradigm Health volunteers can also help a caregiver by offering respite while they tend to personal errands or appointments. 

Paradigm Health provides thorough training and support for all volunteers. For more information on how you can bring joy to our patients please call 317-735-6001 or go to our Volunteer page for more information. 

  The National Library of Medicine recently published a study on the effects and benefits that a hospice and palliative care volunteer can have on a patient and family’s care journey.  

Objective: Terminally ill patients and family caregivers can benefit greatly from the support and care provided by trained hospice palliative care volunteers. The benefits of doing this kind of volunteer work also extend to the volunteers themselves, who often say they receive more than they give from the patients/families they are “privileged” to be with. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how hospice palliative care volunteerism benefits both the patients and families who utilize this service as well as the volunteers. 

Method: A review of studies demonstrating how terminally ill patients, and especially family caregivers, can benefit from the use of hospice palliative care volunteers and how the volunteers themselves benefit from their experiences. 

Results: Terminally ill patients and families receive many benefits from using the services of hospice palliative care volunteers, including emotional support, companionship, and practical assistance (e.g., respite or breaks from caregiving). Volunteering in hospice palliative care also provides many benefits for the volunteers, including being able to make a difference in the lives of others, personal growth, and greater appreciation of what is really important in life. 

Significance of results: More needs to be done to promote the value of hospice palliative care volunteers to those who can really benefit from their support and care (i.e., patients and their families) as well as to help people recognize the potential rewards of being a hospice palliative care volunteer. It is a win-win situation.