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Become an In-Home Hospice Visiting Volunteer

Hospice Quinte is looking for compassionate, community-minded people living in Belleville, Quinte West, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township or the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to become In-Home Hospice Visiting Volunteers.

Training is held at the Stan Klemencic Care Centre in Bayside.

Session 1 Training Details

Start Date: January 11, 2022
End Date: March 15, 2022
Day / Time: Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Location: Stan Klemencic Care Centre (1244 Old Highway 2, Belleville – across from Bayside Secondary School)
Cost: There is no cost to register.

Session 2 Training Details

Start Date: January 14, 2022
End Date: March 18, 2022
Day / Time: Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: Stan Klemencic Care Centre (1244 Old Highway 2, Belleville – across from Bayside Secondary School)
Cost: There is no cost to register.

The application deadline is December 10, 2021. Limited space available.  For more information contact Community Hospice Coordinator, Christina Brinklow at 613-966-6610 ext. 229 or christinab@hospicequinte.ca.

What Would I Do as an In-Home Hospice Visiting Volunteer?

As a Visiting Volunteer you will support the emotional, psychological, spiritual, practical, and social needs of a person dying at home and their family.  With deep compassion and without judgement, you’ll provide a safe space for the client to express their feelings and share their story. This is one of the most meaningful volunteer experiences you’ll ever have.

You will help to improve the quality of life for the dying person and act as an important support for the family during a difficult time by visiting for up to four hours a week with someone who is terminally ill.  This provides respite to that person’s caregivers so they can attend to their own needs.  Visits take place in homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities.

Volunteers who complete the training may also volunteer to provide support over the phone as Bereavement Companions or Caregiver Companions.  Calls are made weekly to provide a friendly, supportive, listening ear to someone who is going through a difficult time.  Or, you may choose to assist Hospice Quinte staff as a volunteer during weekly Grief Toolbox bereavement support group meetings that take place at the Hospice Quinte Care Centre.

Who Can Become an In-Home Hospice Visiting Volunteer?

Hospice Quinte Visiting Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and not have experienced a significant loss (such as death, divorce, or loss of job or home) in the last year.  Visiting Volunteers will have to complete an application form, screening process, criminal record check, 30 hours of training, and a two-step tuberculosis test.

Supporting patients and families can be stressful so volunteers should have a strong support network and practice self-care. Volunteers should have a mature perspective on life, death, loss, and grief and are accepting and respectful of others who have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. In-home hospice volunteering is both rewarding and challenging.

What do Volunteers Learn in Training?

Hospice Quinte staff and community leaders in hospice palliative care provide a comprehensive training curriculum to ensure Visiting Volunteers are ready for their volunteer work.  The training program is supportive, engaging, and informative.

Training topics include:

  • Introduction to Hospice Quinte and Hospice Palliative Care
  • Role of the Volunteer
  • Communication
  • Spirituality
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Body Mechanics
  • Palliative Illnesses
  • Comfort Measures
  • Infection Prevention & Control
  • Advance Directives

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