By Your Side Volunteers Needed for Hospice of the Western Reserve-west


(41.47336,-81.95704)
 

Cause Areas

When

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

Where

30080 Hospice WayWestlake, OH 44145

About

By Your Side is a program that provides "presence" to a dying patient and can include providing some support to the family. Our belief is that no one should die alone. When it is determined that a patient likely has 72 hours or less, our goal is to assign a volunteer to sit with them and merely provide presence (generally at this stage, the patient is no longer able to speak or to acknowledge you but we know that the sense of hearing is the last to go and they may well be aware that someone is there with them offering comfort in their final hours)...just being there can make the last leg of the patient's journey more peaceful. This can also be a huge source of comfort to the families who may not be able to be with the patient during this time.

We look to schedule volunteers in 2-4 hour increments from 8am until 8pm (after which paid staff takes over) however there is always the option to stay longer if it something the volunteer wishes to do. This is offered to patients no matter where we serve them--in our in-patient units, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, in hospitals and in their personal homes.

Volunteers have the right to accept or reject any assignment without judgement. Providing presence for someone in thier final hours is one of the most honorable and special things that a volunteer can do ...

Skills

  • Patient Care
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Veteran Care
  • Bereavement Support
  • Hospice Care

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hour shifts
  • 16 hours of volunteer education, 2-part TB test and passing of a criminal background check
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