Hospice volunteers possess very special qualities. They come from various backgrounds but they all have a desire to serve their community by providing support to people, and their families, who are facing the final stages of life. Volunteers are very important members of the Hospice Care Team.
There are two volunteer opportunities available at Whatcom Hospice:
Indirect Care Volunteer
Indirect Care Volunteers do not have one-on-one contact with patients or their families. Rather, they assist Whatcom Hospice in a variety of ways, such as office help, deliveries, landscaping, sewing, home maintenance, etc. Training for an Indirect Care Volunteer is four-hours.
A Caregiver Volunteer is a Respite Care Volunteer. These individuals have direct contact with patients and families in a variety of settings, including a patient’s home, nursing home, adult family home or Hospice House. They generally do the kinds of things a good friend or neighbor might do, such as sitting with a patient while the caregiver takes a break, or providing companionship, light chores or meal preparation. Generally, they are able and willing to step-in and help in a variety of situations.
Because of the level of commitment involved, a Caregiver Volunteer must have excellent listening and communication skills. They should also be emotionally mature, dependable, flexible and non-judgmental. Training for a Caregiver Volunteer is 32-hours.