Our next hospice volunteer training, which consists of 20 hours of instruction at no cost to you, will take place over three days at Bon Secours St. Francis in West Ashley: Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm; Friday, Oct. 14 from 9:00am to 5:00pm; and Saturday, Oct. 15 from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
The training will include the following topics:
- The History and Mission of Roper Hospice
- What is Hospice and Palliative Care
- The Dying Patient’s Bill of Rights
- The Medical Perspective of Hospice
- The Case Manager and the Team Approach
- Social Work and End of Life Care
- Spirituality in Hospice Care
- Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
- Infection Control and Universal Precautions
- Death and Anxiety
- The Role of the Hospice Volunteer
- Communicating with Compassion
- Cultural Competency at the End of Life
- Self Care and Preventing Burnout
During the training you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers, explore your own experiences with death, loss and grief, and hear from hospice professionals. You will receive instruction from each discipline on the hospice team, including our hospice director, medical director, a nurse case manager, social worker, chaplain, hospice aide, bereavement coordinator, and experienced volunteers. You will learn about our team approach, the medical perspective of hospice, and how to have good self care and prevent burnout. Being invited into the moment and being present with hospice patients and their loved ones is a privilege. It is also a learned skill. The training will focus on communication and you will learn skills which will help you interact with patients and their family members at the end of life.
We expect you to have lots of questions! Death and dying are not usually part of our everyday lives and can be unfamiliar and challenging subjects. The goal of our volunteer training is for you to discover if hospice volunteering is a good fit for you and to provide all the tools you need to feel comfortable and confident in this new role.
The first step toward becoming a hospice volunteer is a phone interview, followed by an in-person interview. Please call 843-402-3118 to begin this process. I look forward to working with you!
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- Hospice Care
- Elder care
- Bereavement Support
- Patient Care
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Four hours a week
- Interview; TB test and flu shot; 20 hour training; annual education.