Our Mission:

To provide care and education that positively transform the way people view and experience the end of life.

Volunteer Training

State and federal regulations require that hospice volunteers are appropriately trained and oriented to the needs of our patients and families. To comply with these requirements, Volunteers must attend both Session One and Session Two training events, each approximately 3 hours in length. Contact our office for the most current training schedule.

Volunteers provide important services to Premier Hospice of Bastrop and the people we serve. Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers or helping with community outreach, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by Premier Hospice. By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing you have made an impact in another person’s life. Regardless of their age, our volunteers are mature, caring individuals who have chosen to give of themselves in one or more of the many ways in which they can.

Volunteers Vital To Our Mission

Volunteer

Mack Kennedy

In Memoriam

Finding himself out of work at a time when most people his age had been long retired, Mack Kennedy asked himself a question.

“The doctor told me I couldn’t do that kind of work anymore, and then the cotton gin closed,” Kennedy said. “I’d been off work for about two weeks and got up one morning and asked myself, ‘Why did you get up this morning? You don’t have anything to do.’”

Just a few months prior to Kennedy losing the job he’d had for over 40 years, he lost his wife, Alice, who battled progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) for several years.

He recalled seeing an ad in the local newspaper seeking hospice volunteers and replied.

“And I’ve been here ever since,” Kennedy said.

Oddly enough, Kennedy met his wife when he was a patient at an area hospital. He was in a room at the end of a hall near the parking lot.

“I told the doctor I’d seen this attractive young woman coming to work and he asked me if I’d like to meet her,” Kennedy said.

Their courtship was quick – three months – before they married and raised four children. After more than 40 years of marriage, Kennedy said his wife’s health began to decline. Doctors first said she had Alzheimer’s and later Parkinson’s. The Kennedy’s consulted a specialist in Houston who diagnosed PSP, whose symptoms are commonly mistaken for the other diseases.

“The thing about PSP is that, like with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, over time the victims get worse and worse,” Kennedy said.

When it became apparent she needed medical supervision, Kennedy sought hospice treatment. She was a patient with another agency prior to Premier’s founding in 2005.

“As soon as I found out about a local agency, I called,” Kennedy said. “By then they had a waiting list and we got on it.”

It wasn’t long, Kennedy said, before Premier was able to take he and Alice into the program.

“I’ve known (Premier medical director) Dr. Robert Lyon for 29 years and known (Premier co-owner) Goodwin Gladney for longer than that,” Kennedy said. “And I knew a lot of the people working for them. We were quite happy with the care Alice received.”

Kennedy assists with office work and patient transportation at Premier five days a week. Though he doesn’t force it on them, he says he has occasionally shared his Premier experience with other patients and their families.

“I told them what good care they took of Alice,” Kennedy said. “I’d tell that to anyone.”


Patient Care Volunteers

Patient care volunteers offer help and companionship to patients and their families.

Home Care – Volunteers visit patients and families in their homes. Duties may include personal care, errands, transportation, light housekeeping, or providing respite for the family by sitting with the patient or visiting with the caregiver.
Long Term Care - Volunteers visit patients residing in nursing home settings regularly to provide companionship and a gentle presence

Bereavement Volunteers

Who better to help someone that just lost a loved one than someone who has just experienced a similar loss?    The helping of another, helps  both.

Bereavement  volunteers provide support to loved ones during  the months following a  patient’s death. This help is offered through regular personal visits and/or telephone contacts.

Administrative/Auxiliary Volunteers

Rather than have direct contact with patients and families, administrative and auxiliary volunteers assist with daily work in the hospice office, such as: fundraising, errand running, medical records, receptionist, office assistant, data entry, etc.

Student Volunteers

High school students - become a part of the Premier Hospice mission. In addition to the previously mentioned opportunities, you can have fun participating with nursing home residents. Play bingo, pokeno, be a dance partner or musician or just help them to exercise; judge a talent show, participate in holiday festivities or "adopt" a special family to support. Get your club, youth group, or service organization involved. We want you to BE INVOLVED!

Volunteer Application

Please, fill out the online application, print it and fax it to: 318-556-1997 or mail it to:

Premier Hospice of Bastrop

1513 Texas Avenue

Bastrop, LA  71220

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Application