Mt. Hood Hospice will host a free volunteer training beginning September 20, 2021 at their Sandy location. Those 18 years of age or older are encouraged to apply and they are especially looking for Veteran-to-Veteran and Pet Peace of Mind Volunteers. Everyone will be required to pass a background check and drug test.
What does it look like to volunteer for hospice? There are many different areas for volunteers to assist in the hospice setting. One of course, is visiting/sitting with terminally ill patients. Visits may include playing cards, crafting, reading aloud, helping them document their life story, transporting them or their pets to appointments, picking up groceries, correspondence or helping with pets. Another way to support hospice patients is through Pet or Music Therapy, gardening or yard upkeep. Are you creative? Making cards, sewing bibs, helping in the main office or with events are other ways to volunteer with Mt. Hood Hospice.
COVID Precautions - all volunteers will be required to wear a mask while visiting a patient. Volunteers will not visit patients that have COVID or have been around someone with COVID. Volunteers will only visit patients if they are comfortable with the situation.
This comprehensive training program will include a look into all of the aspects of hospice. Meet and learn from Mt. Hood Hospice staff including RNs, Chaplain and social workers. Training will be over a 3-week period and include 2 days per week, 3-hours per day: September 20, 22, 27, 29, October 4 and 6, 2021, from 12:30 - 3:30pm at Mt. Hood Hospice.
Being regulated by Medicare, volunteers are a condition of participation for all hospices and must provide at least 5% of the total patient care hours. "Volunteers are an integral part of the holistic care that we offer to our patients and families," said Jolie Phanton, Volunteer Coordinator/Community Outreach Director for Mt. Hood Hospice.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Mt. Hood Hospice
P.O. Box 1269, Sandy, OR 97055, US
It is the mission of Mt. Hood Hospice to provide an independent, community-based program of care for terminally ill patients and their loved ones that emphasizes dignity, comfort and choices for quality of life, regardless of the ability to pay.
Mt. Hood Hospice is a not-for-profit, community based agency providing physical, emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support to the terminally ill and their families. Mt. Hood Hospice provides service to patients and their families in East Multnomah and Clackamas Counties without regard to age, race, creed, diagnosis or ability to pay. Hospice care is usually delivered at home or in a home-like setting to persons in the final phases of a terminal illness. It neither hastens nor postpones death, but affirms life, emphasizing quality, not length. Hospice empowers patients to live pain free, alert and dignified, while involving families and loved ones in caregiving. We are proud of our dedicated on-call staff, available 24/7 and we have a fast response time with same day admits. We have low nurse to patient ratios allowing for more personalized care and additional visits when needed. At Mt. Hood Hospice our bottom line is you! Mt. Hood Hospice partners with the We Honor Veterans and Pet Peace of Mind programs to better assist our patients.
Multiple locations Sandy, OR 97055
August 5, 2021
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Spiritual Healing
- Veteran Care
- Music Therapy
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Volunteers visit patients for no more than 4 hours per week. Generally, visits are once a week from 30 minutes - 2 hours. Visits can include transportation to appointments for patient or pets.
- Volunteers must complete a 21 hour comprehensive training session, which begins September 20 and are required to pass a drug test.