The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Aseracare Hospice is seeking volunteers who are available and willing to provide caregivers with respite volunteering by scheduling a time to visit patients in accordance with the caregivers needs. the time spent with the patient does not have a regular schedule, and may be indirect (e.g. patient companionship is less critical here than having a presence in the home to provide for emergent needs while the care giver is away). Often there is only one visit, but sometimes repeat respite visits are requested. When respite visits are regularly scheduled, they can be filled by any volunteer trained for companioning patients and function as companion visits in all ways, with the caregiver’s needs as themain priority.
Attendance at all required sessions of the Direct Volunteer Training /Orientation course, including specific training on decision making about providing care for a patient in the care giver’s absence
Acceptance of supervision and direction from appropriate team members as is applicable to this program.
Agreement with hospice philosophy.
Maintenance of appropriate boundaries and confidentiality.
Those serving primarily as Respite Volunteers should communicate regularly with the Volunteer Coordinator their availability for scheduling purposes.