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ORGANIZATION: Uni Care Hospice

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LIFE COMPANION

A common thread essential to humans throughout our lives is companionship. Companionship is the one "ask" people utilizing hospice care mention they would like to have more of.


As a Life Companion, you appreciate that a person in hospice wants to continue to live a wholehearted life and would benefit from the gift of camaraderie! For a few hours each week, you will get to spend quality time with a Uni Care Hospice patient currently living in an Assisted Living, Memory Care, or Skilled Nursing Facility, who might not otherwise have a friend visit often.


Life Companions might join the patient to do an activity hosted by the facility, listen to their favorite music, play a card or board game, take a stroll with them down memory lane, and most importantly, be there to share the experience of life!


Supervising Staff: Samantha Campolong, Volunteer Coordinator

Time Commitment:

  • This is an ongoing (6+ month), weekly or bi-weekly commitment.
  • One shift per week, multiple shifts per week, or bi-weekly shifts per month (twice per month).
    • One to 2 hour shifts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide companionship to a person in hospice care.
  • Be creative and open to learning.
  • Listen and observe attentively to get to know the person you are visiting.
  • Share mutual interests, conversation, and mealtimes with patient.
  • Collaborate with hospice staff and interdisciplinary team for training, mentoring, and to provide continuity of service to the patient.
  • Practice and promote safety (patient and caregiver, personal, environmental) while performing job duties.
  • Skilled at working independently.
  • Respectful of patient’s residence, surroundings, and personal property.
  • Follow confidentiality requirements including HIPAA standards.
  • Document visit details accurately and within 24 hours using HospiceMD.

Qualifications:

  • Commit to the time for orientation and the onboarding process.
  • Pass background check.
  • Reliable and prompt.
  • Ability to move freely and able to lift 25 lbs (accommodations made for those who cannot lift).
  • Valid CA driver’s license and clean DMV driving record.
  • Proof of automobile insurance.
  • Demonstrate poise, tact, diplomacy, patience, and empathy when working with anyone you come in contact with while volunteering.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to easily work with a diverse population.
  • Work within boundaries and best practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including vocabulary, grammar and spelling.
  • Self-starter able to work with minimal supervision, and as an integral team member.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple, competing tasks and requests.
  • Comfortable with computer applications (e.g., MS Office; Internet searches).

Training and Support:

  • Volunteer Services provides hospice-focused orientation/onboarding, training, and continued in-service training.
  • Ongoing oversight from supervising staff to provide direction, training and feedback on specific program and department activities, procedures, priorities, performance, and updates.
  • HospiceMD: Software program to record your volunteer activity.

Screening Requirements:

  • Interview with volunteer coordinator.
  • Background check.
  • Fulfill orientation and onboarding.

Benefits:

  • Engage with and impact your community in a hopeful way, to make a difference.
  • See the positive results of your contribution of time and talents.
  • Productive way to utilize your free time.
  • Resume building experience and networking opportunities.

For more information please contact:

Samantha Campolong, Volunteer Coordinator

(760) 710-7861 (Call or Text)

volunteer.coordinator.sd@unicare247.com

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About Uni Care Hospice

Location:

1510 S Escondido Blvd, Suite 104, Escondido, CA 92025, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Uni Care is to provide outstanding patient care to our diverse community by utilizing effective processes and achieving great customer satisfaction within a patient-centered model of care. Volunteer Vision Volunteers and interns provide compassion, diverse skill sets, and utilize their strengths to deeply integrate and engage with the Uni Care Hospice mission and staff. Their presence expands and enriches our service to patients and families celebrating life, sharing hope, and offering the highest level of comfort and care.

Description

At Uni Care Hospice, our care focuses on all aspects of an individual’s life and well-being when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to curative treatment. While patients are supported by impactful comfort care, nature is gently allowed to take its course. We are also here to support caregivers and family members.

Depending upon the individual circumstances of our patients and families, Uni Care Hospice may provide any combination of the following care services to provide the best patient-centered care.

You don’t need to go through this alone. We are here for you with Nursing Care; Social Services; Physician Services; Spiritual Support and Counseling; Hospice Aides; Trained Volunteer Support; Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies; Respite Care; Inpatient Care; Bereavement Support.

As a Level Three Partner in the We Honor Veterans* program, it is an honor to provide care and services for our Veterans and their families. We care for Veterans by recognizing their service and the impact that their service may have at the end of life.

The Uni Care Hospice team realizes our Veteran patients may experience service-related diseases or illnesses that may affect them from both clinical and benefits perspectives. As a result, care is tailored to meet these needs.

Our Veteran patients are recognized with certificates of service and pinning ceremonies as well as being offered Veteran memorial services.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Riverside, CA 92505

(33.91333,-117.49088)
 

SKILLS

  • Healthcare
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • Cross-cultural Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 times per week for 1-2 hours. 6 month commitment

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