There will also be Therapeutic Touch information and the public can try a 10 – 15 minute session from a practitioner on Monday, May 7 from 10 am – 2 pm at Hospice Main Building for Therapeutic Touch Awareness Week.

 

 

Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice and there are many services available to patients and HPCO Level II Volunteer Training Accreditation Logofamilies. Please see the list below for some of the volunteer services and opportunities we have.

 

 

PATIENT CARE SERVICES

VISITING

  • Support patients through visiting, providing social interaction, and/or relief for the caregiver.  Only companionship is provided; no personal care

HOSPITAL ROSTER

  • Visits patients in the hospital to provide support, and at times relief for caregivers.

NO ONE DIES ALONE (NODA)

  • Provide support for patients near death or actively dying and their caregivers.

OVERNIGHT VIGIL

  • Volunteers provide support through the evening and into the morning for patients and caregivers.

PHONE CALL SUPPORT

  • Provide emotional and social support to patients and/or caregivers via a telephone conversation.

ENERGY WORK

  • Assist patients or caregivers in reducing stress and promoting relaxation.  Volunteers must be certified in Radiant Technique®, Therapeutic Touch™, or Reiki.

SHARING MY JOURNEY COACH (Windsor- Essex Compassion Care Community)

  • Assist patients and/or caregivers with their health and well-being goals for their desired quality of life; utilizing a proactive approach that incorporates coaching, supports, and feedback.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Provide patients with rides to medical appointments or to the Hospice Wellness Centre using an agency van or personal vehicle. Must be 25 years or older.

WELLNESS/SUPPORT GROUP

  • Lead a group or assist facilitators with set-up, greeting, working with participants, and/or other tasks.

PET THERAPY VISITATION

  • Pet therapy visits create social engagement with patients and family. In partnership with St. John’s Ambulance, volunteers visit with their pet to provide joy, stress relief, comfort, and companionship to patients in the Residential Homes.


HOSPICE RESIDENTIAL HOMES (Windsor and Erie Shores Campus)

PATIENT CARE ASSISTANT

  • Assist the nurse and/or personal support worker with physical care (e.g. bathing, toileting, dressing, and feeding as well as patient transfers, lifts, and moves).

KITCHEN

  • Prepare meals and snacks daily for residents according to menu plans and food requirements. Track supplies for the weekly grocery list and organize the kitchen.

A volunteer bakes in the residential home

RECEPTION

  • Greet guests, answer phones, and create a welcoming atmosphere.

GROCERY SHOPPERS

  • Shop for required supplies and groceries and deliver them weekly or as needed.

LIFE STORIES

  • Assist patients in capturing important aspects of their life to share with family and friends using digital audio recording.

SPIRITUAL CARE

  • Provide spiritual, pastoral, or bereavement support to patients or caregivers.

 

FUNDRAISING

E-BINGO

  • Assist at e-bingos at the Paradise Gaming Hall, Dougall Avenue, Windsor by greeting patrons and clearing tables.  A two-hour training workshop is required.  Must be 19 years or older.

LOTTERY BOOTH

  • Sell Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation tickets at the Lottery Booth located at Caesars Windsor.  Training is provided.  Must be 19 years or older.

SPECIAL EVENTS

  • Assist on the day of an event.  Roles include greeting participants, helping with registration, selling raffle tickets, road marshalling, or giving out water at a triathlon! Great for required community hours for high school students.

PLANNING COMMITTEES

  • Helps with planning and implementing special events such as the annual Evening for the Hospice, hockey tournament, LifeWalk and other events designed to raise money for programs and services at the Hospice.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT

  • Assist with a variety of   office tasks (e.g. typing, data entry, filing, mailings, or phone calls).

COMMUNITY SPEAKERS

  • Speak about Hospice programs and services at events and special requests from the community (e.g. service groups, church groups).

GARDENING (Seasonal)

  • Keep the gardens on Hospice property healthy, cultivated, and attractive.

HOSPITALITY

  • Assist with educational and events by assisting with refreshments, registration, set up, tear down, or decorating.

INFORMATION BOOTHS

  • Staff displays which provide information to the public about available Hospice programs and services; includes set-up and take down of display.

RESOURCE LIBRARY

  • Assist librarian with photocopying, processing journals, documenting and shelving books as well as assisting visitors with their resource needs.

KNITTING AND SEWING

BURDEN BEARS

  • Since 2003, volunteers have sewn cuddly little bears with matching blankets.  These bears, and a little “Thinking of You” poem, are given to our patients and caregivers to provide encouragement and comfort during their health journey.

COMFORT BEARS

  • Volunteers gather once a week to create comfort bears, quilts and sew items for our patients and families to support their needs. No prior sewing or quilting knowledge is necessary. ♦ available at Erie Shores Residential Home only.

KNITTING GROUP

  • Come and learn how to knit and/or crochet with experienced knitting volunteers.  Crochet and knit many items such as lap blankets and slippers in a social environment. No experience necessary. ♦ available at Erie Shores Residential Home only.

How to become a Hospice Volunteer:

  • Information Session
  • Application Form
  • Personal Interview
  •  Personal References
  • Police Reference Check (if required)
  • Health Review (if required)
  • Training (if required)

 

To Request Volunteer Services:

 

WINDSOR-ESSEX CAMPUS

Lawna McDowell, Coordinator of Education

Phone:  519-974-7100, Ext. 2277

 

ERIE SHORES CAMPUS

Jenny Darowski-Melnik, Manager of Volunteers

Phone:  519-946-4932

Please click here for a printable pdf of volunteer services