Provide Companionship, Dignity, Respect and Comfort to a Hospice Patient


(41.1209,-73.40611)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

14 Westport AvenueNorwalk, CT 06851


About

What we are looking for:

Myth: Hospice is a place
Myth: Hospice is for people who have no hope
Myth: Hospice is only for people with Cancer
Myth: Myth: Hospice is for people who have only a few days to live
Myth: Hospice requires family members and friends to be available to provide care

Are you looking for a way to give back to the community? Joining the Constillation Hospice team is an incredible and rewarding experience. Our volunteers support the company in many capacities. The majority of our volunteers provide direct services to our clients and their families and caregivers by generously spending time in the home of someone who is living with a life-threatening illness.

Hospice volunteers are a specialized group of 'professional volunteers’ who offer many things including companionship, a silent prescence, emotional support and practical assistance to our clients, and short-term relief to client families and caregivers. Many practical and supportive tasks can make a significant difference to those who are living while they are dying.

For some, volunteers bring normalcy to day-to-day life. From offering some warm companionship, reading stories or the local paper, talking about world events, to remembering past life experiences and the accomplishments that people have experienced...to name just a few. Many volunteers assist with life’s basic tasks such as organizing papers, writing letters or helping to make phone calls, to assisting with, light household duties, shopping assistance, providing comfort measures and personal care. For many families and caregivers hospice volunteers offer much needed additional support, including respite relief and 'listening ears’.

Constellation Hospice also has other specialized roles for volunteers who have other professional experiences and interests. Complementary Therapy volunteers are registered practitioners with experience in Registered Massage Therapy, Reiki, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Reflexology, Music or Expressive Arts Therapy; who are able to share their skills with our clients.

We also offer a specialized training for volunteers to work within our Bereavement Support Programs. These volunteers work with bereaved individuals, families or groups. With the support of Constellation Hospice's volunteers, together with our professional staff, we assist hundreds of individuals and families/caregivers each year. Together we can make a difference, please consider joining our team.

Due to the sensitive nature of our work, we are committed to ensuring that all volunteers are fully screened and trained prior to working directly with our clients. This process is extensive and requires a tremendous commitment to all that join our team. The process includes attending a volunteer information session, submitting an online application, an interview, reference checks, a background check and 12+ hours of initial training. We also offer ongoing professional development opportunities, volunteer support and social activities throughout the year.

Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
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