Patient and Family Support volunteers comfort patients by providing holistic services in the following modalities:
Pet Visits - The use of pets to provide comfort, peace and well-being. Pets must be evaluated and certified by an approved certification organization. Some breed exclusions apply.
Aromatherapy - The use of essential oils to promote health of the body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy training required.
Reiki - The use of energy therapy techniques to promote relaxation, comfort and create a sense of peacefulness. Reiki training offered for Patient and Family Support and Bereavement Support volunteers.
Caring Touch- The use of gentle massage techniques designed to help promote deep relaxation and to promote relief from pain/discomfort.
Licensed Massage Therapy - The use of hands-on techniques delivered by Florida licensed massage therapists to promote relaxation and reduce pain.
Music - The use of live or recorded music to promote comfort, to enhance quality of life and to support meaningful interactions with patients and families. Training for using live or recorded music is provided to Patient and Family Support and Bereavement Support volunteers.
Volunteer Orientation is a four-hour training session for individuals interested in learning more about Empath Health’s volunteer opportunities. Patient/Family Support Training consists of twelve hours of training for individuals interested in providing caring support to Suncoast Hospice patients and families. Empath Health Volunteer Orientation is a prerequisite.
To register for class and verify locations: Please call Volunteer Registration at 727-523-3440. Registration ends 3 business days before the start of training.
Through every step of every journey, we offer compassion through extraordinary care, hope through innovative services, and inspiration through endless encouragement.
Voted Best of the Bay by Creative Loafing- Best Place to Volunteer 2020
Founded in 1977 by volunteers, Suncoast Hospice was born out of the vision of an exceptional group of people who realized the value of hospice care and wanted it for their families and neighbors. Today, their vision and mission remain the cornerstones of our work and organizational soul.
Suncoast Hospice is a not-for-profit organization committed to serving those living with chronic and terminal illnesses, nearing the end of life, or experiencing grief. Suncoast Hospice cares for patients and helps to guide their families as they provide care and make decisions. Suncoast Hospice is community based, offering comprehensive hospice and palliative care, caregiver education, individual and group counseling, spiritual support and many other programs to those it serves regardless of race, age, faith, diagnosis or financial circumstances. Our goal is to help each person in our community maintain the best quality of life and live each day with meaning and purpose. Toward that goal, we continue to add new programs and services to meet the changing needs of our community
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