The Volunteers are an integral part our Care Team. They enhance the quality of life of the patient in many ways. They provide compassionate support for patients and their families in home, hospital, Long Term Care Home, and Hospice.
The importance of our volunteers to the program cannot be overstated. Without volunteers we could provide neither the kinds nor the scope of services which are so urgently needed to enhance the quality of the lives of our patients and their families.
As members of the Palliative Care Team, there are specific functions and responsibilities expected of the Palliative Care Volunteer.
To provide support to a patient who has a life-threatening or terminal conditon and their family.
To assist the health care team to provide optimum quality of life to the patient who is dying and their family.
To support other Hospice Palliative Care volunteers and staff.
Responsibilities: These may include
Provide companionship and support to the patient and family
Provide simple comfort measures for a patient
Preparing light meals or carrying out light household tasks
Giving reminders of medication schedules but NOT administering medications
Observing and reporting changes in the patient’s condition to volunteer coordinator or designate
Writing letters, or reading to the patient
Maintaining records of visits - day - time - travel
Attend Volunteer training program and facility orientation programs
Attending regular volunteer meetings
Advising volunteer coordinator of sick leave or vacation