Would you recommend HOSPICE CARE OF THE WEST?
I have been volunteering with Hospice Care of the West since August of 2009. This organization provides a wonderful service for the patients and their families. The volunteer coordinator and her staff provide an excellent orientation along with on-going guidance and support for the volunteers. I visit some of the patients by myself and some of the patients accompanied by my therapy dog, Lady. The visits take place in Assisted Living facilities, Skilled Care facilities, Board and Care homes, and patient homes. This is a very rewarding volunteer experience.
This is a very well-run organization. Volunteer Services has its own Director and staff who will train you and assist you with any concerns. Your volunteer time is totally flexible since you set your own schedule for the frequency and times of the visits. In addition to that, you get to see the joy on someone's face when you arrive for a repeat visit. If you are reading these reviews, you may be wondering if this is something that you are capable of doing. I myself was terrified at the very thought of hospice care. You can do it! Please sign up now. Someone is waiting for your visit.
I'm a new volunteer to the program as of January. Volunteering for Hospice wasn't something I would have considered until my dad passed away. With Hospice involved in my dads last months of life, it made his passing easier for him and us. I decided I want to be a part of an organization that had such an impact on patients and their family. HCOW provided excellent training, the staff is wonderful and more importantly the patients and family have a wonderful organization helping them through a difficult time. TRY IT, patients and their families need us!
I've been working as a pet therapist for Hospice Care of the West for several months. I visit patients in long-term care facilities and homes. The office folks are great in keeping me apprised of developments and always helpful when small issues arise. The work is extremely rewarding; the patients love us but we've also discovered that pet therapy is great for family and staff! My ego takes a hit since everyone recognizes my dog and not always me, but the joy on faces is fantastic. You won't find a more rewarding volunteer opportunity. I was a bit nervous about working with people in their final months of life but it has been simple and wonderful; apprehension immediately gave way to anticipation. You never know the impact you are having, even if it is just letting your dog snuggle with a patient who is not able to respond to voices.