Community volunteers are critically needed to provide in-home companionship and respite care to hospice patients in Santa Barbara County.
Central Coast Hospice provides medical and social services to those with a terminal diagnosis. Volunteers are an important part of the program. They provide supervision to patients while their family caregivers take a break or run errands, assist with light household tasks, provide emotional support and socialization, and help with miscellaneous, yet important tasks-like organizing family photos or helping the patient write letters to their loved ones.
No prior experience is necessary. Potential volunteers just have to have an interest in helping others, a caring nature, and able to participate in a training program prior to beginning their volunteer experience. Current and past volunteers have said that they received way more from volunteering than they feel like they gave-they have learned more about themselves, their own families, and their own feelings about death as well as the beauty of life, in the process.
Central Coast Hospice is offering ongoing volunteer training and is hoping to recruit potential volunteers willing to serve the Santa Barbara areas. One day in person training is a wrap up for online education provided. There is no charge for the class and hospice will provide snacks and lunch as well as a binder full of training materials.
The training will be held at the Central Coast Hospice Santa Barbara office on upper State Street.
The training will include such topics as: the history of hospice, its philosophy and mission, how hospice addresses the needs of the patient and family, the role of various hospice clinician team members, family dynamics and communication skills, dementia, grief and loss, and the role of the volunteer. Multiple presenters and examples will be given to convey the material.
To register for the training, contact Central Coast Hospice at: (805) 540-6020 and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator. Or you can e-mail them at: email@example.com
253 Granada, Suite D, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401, US
You matter to the last moment of your life, and Central Coast Hospice will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but to live until you die.
San Luis Obispo County's only locally owned and operated home health organization is growing! Join us as we launch our Hospice Volunteer program. You can become a part of this community from the beginning!
Volunteer duties can include support and companionship to the patient and his/her family, caregiver relief, running errands, visiting, bereavement services and other practical activities of daily living. We are also looking for volunteers to help with administrative duties in our office.