Kaiser Permanente Hospice volunteers provide support to families and patients in Vancouver, WA and the Clark County area, as well as Multnomah, Washington, Yamhill, and Clackamas. Hospice is a unique, patient-centered, team-based approach to palliative (comfort) care for an individual with a terminal illness who chooses care in their home setting. Our staff are experts in supporting patients and families on this journey. Kaiser Permanente Hospice is accredited by Medicare and Joint Commission.
How can volunteers help?
Hospice volunteers are integral members of our hospice team. They are members of the community who have chosen to devote their service and time to improving the quality of life for our patients and families during this difficult time. Volunteer service can have a profound impact at a time when a person is nearing the end of their life, when heartfelt one-on-one connection is crucial.
Volunteers are assigned to a patient near where they live or are willing to travel. Volunteers choose each assignment and make a commitment to visiting each week during the patient’s time on hospice.
Volunteers can provide a break for a family caregiver, visit a patient for weekly for friendly visits or help a patient maintain their independence in the home. Tasks may include visiting with the patient, offer companionship, or assisting a patient. Time together may be watching a movie, working on a project or playing a game. Volunteers can offer to do light housekeeping, prepare a meal or snack, or run errand
To get started, volunteers fill out an application, interview, pass a criminal background check and drug screen test before attending a comprehensive hospice volunteer training. This is an opportunity to offer comfort, time, and connection, honoring each person’s dignity, integrity and wishes. Come learn the power of providing presence and holding a hand for a patient at end of life.
Call us today to ask questions. (503) 499-5168 Next hospice volunteer training will be virtual in May, 2021.
2701 NW Vaughn St., Suite 140, Portland, OR 97210, US
Kaiser Permanente Hospice provides compassionate, patient-centered end-of-life care at the end of life. The focus of care is to promote quality of life, ease suffering, honor dignity, respect choices and support grieving. Hospice is a supportive approach to end-of-life care that emphasizes control of pain and other symptoms, as well as providing emotional, spiritual and psychological support to enable patients to spend their remaining life in dignity and comfort. Our staff work closely with the attending physicians, family, and loved ones to ensure that the patient's community needs are met. Hospice services are provided in the patient's home, regardless of location. It may be a private residence, an assisted living community, an adult care home or a residential or intermediate care community. We are honored to be invited to your patient's home at such a sacred time. We will do all we can to help the patients and family make the most of every day.
Kaiser Hospice is a non-profit, Medicare-certified hospice program providing end-of-life, palliative (comfort not curative) care services to Kaiser Permanente members and their families in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area.