VITAS Healthcare of SF Bay AreaVITAS Healthcare of SF Bay Area
VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exe... Read more
VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.
Volunteers are the heart of VITAS Healthcare, providing friendly, non-medical patient and family care and offering support services in the office, using their cars and from their own homes.
I joined Vitas as a Life Review volunteer in Apri 2017. I went through training and purchased my own recording equipment. In the full 3 months I volunteered I had one legitimate patient referred to me. I say legitimate because the second patient as confirmed by his own family was incapable of providing a life review. The family told me it would be a waste of time. Communication with and follow through by Vitas was very poor.
I am a middle school teacher and brought some of my students here to volunteer and earn community service hours. Kayla, the Director of Volunteers, was very helpful, friendly, and the kids loved her! Because of their young age, my students were only able to complete clerical work in the Vitas office, but they had a fun time. It was a chance for them to see what the "real world" was all about. At the end of their two hour shifts, the students always asked Kayla if they could stay longer.
I would highly recommend Vitas for anyone looking for a satisfying volunteer experience. If my students and I had a great time in the office just folding and labeling fliers, you will have a great time working one-on-one with hospice patients!
by Madeline D. from San Jose, CA
Whether you call or are in the office, everyone makes you feel welcome and sincerely thanks you for giving of your time. On my last visit to my client I meet some of the professional staff on this case. "Oh you're the volunteer, It's nice to meet you." They were happy to meet me, made me feel that I was helping this person and listened to some of my comments. The joy and inner peace you feel after spending time with the client is incredible. I am part of th Paw-Pals.