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Hospice Services' Volunteer Screening and Training Program
Each prospective volunteer participates in a screening process prior to training, which includes an interview with the hospice volunteer coordinator, reference checks and a background check.
As a prospective volunteer, you’ll then complete an extensive training program designed to achieve the following goals:
- Teach hospice philosophy and care
- Explore personal feelings about death
- Understand your volunteer role on the care team
- Develop good listening skills
Because of the sensitive nature of this type of volunteer position, hospice volunteers receive special hospice training to:
- Understand the unique issues people face when dealing with a life-limiting illness.
- Provide support and reassurance to patients and their families, and help them sort out options.
- Be active listeners
- Assist in tasks that comfort patients
Your Role as a Hospice Volunteer
Once you complete the screening and training program, you'll typically need to be available for two to four hours per week to offer the following services:
- Emotional support to patients and families
- Relief to family and caregivers
Volunteer Support Groups and Education
In order to support volunteers through their work with hospice, the volunteer program offers bi–monthly support groups where volunteers share experiences, problem-solve, and receive support. The program also offers education programs on topics helpful to volunteer work.
"In short, your service and those who provide it, are matchless in their humanity, kindness and helpfulness."
Family Member of a Hospice of the Northwest patient