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.
Allay's Hospice Companions bring comfort to our patients and relief to their caregivers by offering a supportive presence, a listening ear and a helping hand.
When visiting, volunteers may offer to play music or a game, read to the patient, listen to his/her stories & memories, sit outside with a patient or take him/her for a walk, or may offer assistance with other non-medical tasks. There are also times when volunteers may simply sit quietly while holding one's hand, letting the patient know that he or she is not alone.
Allay's Hospice Companions profoundly affect the quality of our patients' lives by helping those with a life-limiting illness make the very best of the time he or she has left.
The amount of time you give is flexible and scheduled around your availability. We do take into account your location to assign patient visits within or near your own community.
Companion volunteers receive training regarding the philosophy of hospice, the role of the volunteer and other staff members, as well as, helpful skills for meaningful visits with hospice patients and their families.