Ohio’s Hospice affiliates are seeking licensed hair stylists and barbers to serve as volunteers. Volunteers with this special expertise will provide hospice patients with professional services in their homes, in extended care and assisted living facilities and in Hospice House settings. Haircuts are provided when patients are no longer able to travel to get a haircut or cannot afford the service. Volunteer Placement Specialist Betsy Bown explains “It is our privilege to have our volunteers share their talents and provide a service that gives our patients dignity and makes them feel better. Efforts are made to assign volunteers to patients in their community, but volunteers who are willing to travel to serve patients in other areas are also needed.”
To serve as a hospice volunteer, participants need to complete an application, references and volunteer training which requires a criminal background check, two-step TB test and one day training. Costs associated with training, TB test and background check are all covered at no cost to volunteers. Special training arrangements on site at the salon or shop location can be made if a group of stylists or barbers express interest in participating.
Additional information about volunteering and applications are available by visiting these links: