Hospice Palliative Care

Volunteers are active participants in providing compassionate care to those who are terminally ill and to their families, having dedicated more than 11,000 hours in 2009. Our goal is to enable each person to live each day in comfort and dignity.

 

Volunteering at North Shore Hospice Palliative Care

Volunteers are active participants in providing compassionate care to those who are terminally ill and to their families, having dedicated more than 11,000 hours in 2009. Our goal is to enable each person to live each day in comfort and dignity.

 

Program description

After completion of the 30 hour Basic Volunteer Training, volunteers attend a weekly scheduled shift and a monthly education and support meeting. Volunteers may be involved activities such as sitting at the bedside, visiting with patients and families, mealtime companioning, hand or foot massage (after training), serving meals, kitchen clean up, reading, board or card games or energy work (if qualified).

 

What you’ll learn

Develop your communication skills, learn about each of the following: History of the Hospice movement, grief & loss, spiritual care, social & emotional challenges, music therapy and medical support of the dying. Many find volunteering to be truly an amazing opportunity to learn and to grow. In the everyday moments, we experience compassion and love, and the resilience of the human spirit.

 

 

Qualifications

Are you compassionate with good listening skills? Are you able to commit to regular ongoing weekly participation as well as monthly education and support meetings? If so, you may be a good fit for the Hospice Palliative Care volunteer team. Strength in cultural diversity is also an asset.

 

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