Volunteer Visiting

By: Saltspring Hospice  09-12-2011

Volunteers offer their time to visit with individuals in need of someone to talk to about their experiences, share memories, read, and provide a kind presence. Often it is difficult for individuals to share their feelings, thoughts, and spiritual philosophy with loved ones and friends in light of their situation. Companion Volunteers offer a confidential and kind hearted presence where the person lives: home, hospital, or other residence in the community.

Volunteer Visiting
Our specially trained volunteers provide emotional and practical support to individuals living with a life threatening illness and their families. Services are primarily delivered in the individual’s home, as well as in Lady Minto Hospital, and long term care facilities

How Do I Arrange for a Hospice Volunteer to Visit?
Anyone can make a referral to Hospice — you, a family member, caregiver, friend, physician or other health care professional.
When you contact Hospice, a coordinator will arrange to meet with you and/or your loved one to discuss the type of volunteer that will best suit your needs and establish a suitable visiting schedule.

About Our Volunteers
All our volunteers are screened (police check, interview), and must our Hospice training program before being matched one-on-one with an individual in the community. Each of our volunteers also signs a confidentiality agreement.

How Can a Volunteer Help Me or my Loved One?
• Provide respite to ease the demands of care
• Provide emotional support
• Be a compassionate presence, a listening ear

To find out more about our Volunteer Visiting Program, please call us at 250-537-2770. All our programs and services are offered free of charge to families.

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