Our Volunteers Provide Extra Care and Comfort

Kansas City Hospice & Palliative Care has over 400 highly trained and dedicated volunteers who may be called upon to assist you and your family. All of our volunteers undergo a complete background/reference check and extensive training to make sure that your experience will be positive.

Some things that are vital to your well being are not covered by insurance

Here are a few of the ways a volunteer might assist you:

Respite Care – volunteers may provide the primary caregiver a break to get some rest, attend to appointments or get errands done.  This type of volunteer sits with a patient for a few hours at a time.  We match volunteers to your needs, whether they be good conversations, a ride in a wheelchair or other activities that might improve your day. Learn more

Friendly Visitor – a volunteer may visit with you and your family at home or in a long-term care facility. Learn more

Errands – volunteers may assist by picking up groceries or running other errands on occasion.

Lasting Conversations – volunteers record a conversation between patient and family where history is shared and stories are told. A list of questions is provided and often a family member or friend ‘interviews’ the patient. Volunteers use professional equipment to record this conversation and download and burn the disk. The family is then provided two CDs. Learn more

Pet Peace of Mind – volunteers may provide assistance with routine pet care so you can safely maintain your pet at home. They might walk a dog, transport a pet to and from veterinarian or grooming appointments, deliver pet supplies or support you making long term placement decisions.  This program is made possible by a grant from Banfield Charitable Trust and a private donor. Learn more

We Honor Veterans – we partner with this national program to provide recognition and appreciation to veterans via a certificate and provide visits to the patient by volunteers who have served in the military.  We are also able to help provide veteran benefit resource information for families and we participate in Honor Flights. Learn more

Special Services – professional massage therapists, hair stylists, attorneys and notaries volunteer their services.  Due do such a great demand, the wait for these services can be a few weeks.

Extended Presence – This unique program provides companionship and comfort when a patient is actively dying.  Volunteers fill in shifts around staff to be with you when family members or friends are unavailable.  The volunteer might hold a hand, wipe a forehead, play some music or just be present in the moment to let you know you are not alone.

Bereavement – By request, a volunteer assists family after a death has occurred for a short period of time with thank you notes, companionship or transporting the bereaved to and from the grave site.

Our Programs

There's a long list of hospices in Kansas City, but there's only one Kansas City Hospice. Our programs provide comprehensive expert care for all ages at all stages of serious illness.

Hospice

When the focus shifts to comfort instead of treatment, care comes to your home or nursing facility with a plan tailored to your needs, including emotional and spiritual support for the whole family.

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Hospice

Palliative Home Health

When complex needs benefit from a team approach, supportive home care brings the care you need, with 24/7 nurse support for pain, stress and symptoms due to serious illness.

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Palliative Home Health

Advanced Illness Support

Beginning as early as diagnosis and at any stage of serious illness, our nurse practitioners make home visits every 4-6 weeks to help coordinate your care and provide expert pain and symptom management.

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Advanced Illness Support
Hospice House

Hospice House

When symptoms cannot be easily managed at home, two hospice houses provide 24/7 expert care in comfortable home-line settings where family members can be relieved of caregiving duties to focus on loved ones.

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Carousel

Carousel provides palliative and hospice care for perinatal and for babies through young adults with a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, social workers, chaplains and other specialists.

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Carousel
Solace House

Solace House

Our center for grief and healing supports individuals and families who have been impacted by the death of a loved one, whether anticipated, or sudden and unexpected. We provide opportunities to share, listen, learn and heal with peer group support from age 3 through adult.

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