Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice and there are many services available to patients and families. Please see the list below for some of the volunteer services and opportunities we have.
PATIENT CARE SERVICES
- Supports patients by providing relief visits so the caregiver can take a break or rest.
- Supports patients through visiting and social interaction.
- Volunteers provide support through the evening and into the morning for patients and caregivers.
- Visits patients in the hospital to provide support and relief for caregivers.
PATIENT PHONE CALL SUPPORT
- Calls patients and/or families on the phone to provide emotional support.
RADIANT TOUCH®/THERAPEUTIC TOUCH™/REIKI
- Assists patients or caregivers in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. Sessions are offered in the home, in a hospital, at long term care facilities or at the Hospice clinic. Specialized training provided.
- Provides rides to medical appointments or to the Hospice Wellness Centre.
- Assists patients to capture important aspects of their life in a digital audio recording. This can be shared with their family and friends.
- Leads the group or assists facilitators with set-up, greeting and other tasks.
- Provides spiritual, pastoral or bereavement support to patients or caregivers.
SHARE THE JOURNEY
- Helps families to schedule their relatives and friends to assist with caring for patients.
NEW SHARING MY JOURNEY PROGRAM STUDY
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SPECIAL EVENTS SERVICES
- 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.
- Assists on the day of the event by guiding participants, providing registration, or greeting people.
- Receives specialized training to operate the lottery terminal and cash register at Caesars Windsor Casino.
- Receives specialized training to assist with bingos by greeting patrons and clearing tables.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES
GENERAL OFFICE SUPPORT
- Assists by typing, data entry, filing, preparing mailings lists, placing phone calls, and other tasks.
- Assists by preparing coffee, tea and snacks for meetings and groups. Some set up may be required as well.
- Assists our librarian by photocopying, processing journals, documenting and shelving of books.
- Set-up, take down and staff Hospice displays. Provides information on our programs & services to the public.
- Volunteers speak at events, and special requests from the community (i.e., rotary, church groups, etc). Talks can vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the request. The speakers are given up to date information on current Hospice services and programs, and a “talk outline”.
HOSPICE RESIDENTIAL HOME SERVICES
PATIENT CARE ASSISTANTS
- Assists the nurse and/or personal support worker with patient transfer, lifts and moves, bathing, toileting, dressing, and feeding.
- Greets guests, answers phones and creates a welcoming atmosphere.
FOOD PREPARATION / COOKS
- Prepares meals and snacks daily for residents according to menu plans and food requirements. Tracks supplies for the weekly grocery list and organizes the kitchen.
- Volunteers will assist by shopping for required supplies and groceries, and delivering them weekly or as needed.
- Helps keep the home clean, tidy and inviting.
- Keeps the gardens in and around the home healthy, cultivated and attractive.
How to become a Hospice Volunteer:
- Attend Agency Orientation Session
- Complete Application Form
- Personal Interview
- Police Reference Check
- Provide 3 Personal References
- Health Review (if required)
- Training (if required)
To Request Volunteer Services Please Call 519.974.7100.