Volunteers assist hospice patients as family team members.
By volunteering and assisting patient’s families, community members become part of “the team” which ensures the next level of care when cure is no longer an option. Patient-care volunteers are known to have the most rewarding experiences at Hospice of San Joaquin.
Family Team Member Volunteers become part of the team. At Hospice of San Joaquin, the team addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual parts that compose all of us; and addresses those issues that cause patients and their families’ pain.
When assisting with patient care, volunteers visit patients and families in their place of residence, which may be their home, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living facilities.
Services provided include but are not limited to:
- Companionship for the patient
- Respite for the caregiver, providing a much needed break
- Other services such as run an errand, pick up groceries
Volunteer training (whether family team member, bereavement volunteer, Residential Living Center volunteer, or clerical volunteer) consists of intensive, twice weekly meetings for over four weeks. This is the period to learn about hospice philosophy, develop listening skills, understand the course of diseases, grief, and giving support to patients and families at end of life.
Additionally, Hospice of San Joaquin offers two meetings a month to the voluneers providing ongoing education. These additional two meetings also provide a forum to share experiences for additional personal growth. The Volunteer Coordinator may offer additional in-services when she finds areas of interest that can further the understanding of end of life care for her volunteers.
Patient Care volunteers must complete the patient care training before serving the agency.