Hospice Community Visiting Program
Since 1981 trained volunteers have been going out into the community providing support, respite care and companionship to clients who are living with a palliative diagnosis and to their families/friends who support them.
Following an initial assessment by the Community Program Coordinator, a trained volunteer is chosen to match the unique interests of each client and their family while respecting their beliefs, values, and privacy.
Volunteers visit clients in their homes, long term care settings or in hospital to provide support and companionship for the individual living with a life limiting illness and can also provide respite for the caregivers. It is important to note that the caregiver can stay home to work in their garden or have a much needed rest. Every attempt will be made to customize visits to fit the family schedule.
Additional supports: Vigil sitting, Weekly phone calls and support through the bereavement period.
Interested in becoming a volunteer in our Hospice Community Program?
Volunteer training usually takes place in the Spring and Fall.
The training is approximately 30-hours; 22 hours of in-class instruction, followed up with 8 hours of shadow shifts.
The training covers modules such as grief and loss, communication skills, family roles, boundaries, self-care, spiritual care, physical changes, emotional support and the role of the volunteer in palliative care.
If you are interested in learning more about the Hospice Community Program, please get in touch with Pamela or phone 250-372-1336.