Our visiting volunteers have a desire to give comfort and care to patients, caregivers, and families during the end of life. These dedicated volunteers have an incredible impact on the lives of the patients they serve and the families and friends of the terminally ill.
A visiting hospice volunteer can fill the gap between family members and professional caregivers. They are trained to meet the needs of patients and loved ones, visiting on a schedule that is open to change as the needs of the patient and family change.
Our volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed. They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends, and caregivers.
Hospice Quinte patient 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. Patient 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. Patient volunteering is both rewarding and challenging.
The first step to becoming a Hospice Quinte Patient Volunteer is to complete the Visiting Volunteer Application form below, or contact our offices at 613-966-6610.