Volunteers Help Reduce Stress through Caring Hands

Volunteers with Caring Hands provide patients at University Hospitals complimentary hand massages to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve the immune system. The gift of a simple touch – holding a hand – can provide warmth and comfort. Volunteers provide this caring approach with a nonmedical hand massage to touch the mind, body and spirit of our patients.

Support from John B. Hexter Family Healing Touch Fund

Through the generosity of the John B. Hexter Family Healing Touch Fund, this important program is provided for many patients and family members at University Hospitals. The gift of volunteers’ caring hands, performing complimentary hand massages, provides warmth and relaxation – truly making a positive impact toward well-being.

Volunteer Requirements

If you or someone you know would like to share your talents and make a difference in the lives of others, please consider volunteering through the Caring Hands volunteer program. Volunteers should have:

  • Caring and enthusiasm
  • Relate well to patients as well as staff and guests
  • Ability to attend our volunteer orientation
  • Willingness to be trained as a nonmedical Caring Hands massage volunteer
  • Ability to contribute at least two hours of your time per week

As part of our established volunteering program, all Caring Hands applicants must also undergo a background check and 2-step tuberculosis (TB) test prior to beginning volunteer service.

Join Our Team of Volunteers

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Caring Hands volunteer program, please contact Barbara Nalette, CAVS, Director, Volunteer Services and Reception, University Hospitals by phone at 216-844-1504, email Barbara.Nalette@UHhospitals.org or through our convenient online form.

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