Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Hospice is a special type of care for people who are facing serious illness, with a limited life expectancy. Hospice care is provided by a team of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members. The goal of hospice care is living fully to the end of life by offering comfort and dignity. Volunteers are an essential part of the Hospice team.
SSM Health at Home - Hospice Volunteers have a sincere desire to make a difference in the lives of others. No previous experience in the medical field is necessary. Through training, Hospice Volunteers learn how to give the gift of themselves and their time in providing emotional support, companionship and respite care to our patients and families.
Volunteers working directly with patients and their families provide companionship and support to patients, respite to families, and assist with errands, meal preparation or light housekeeping. Some volunteers may also choose to become part of the Caring Presence Program providing emotional comfort and support, not physical care to patients in their last hours of life.
Free, comprehensive training is provided, and no medical experience is necessary. Volunteers take part in annual trainings and maintain volunteer requirements. Become a SSM Health at Home - Hospice Volunteer and request an application today.