Our Spring 2017 Volunteer Training has concluded. To inquire about future training opportunities please contact Kathy Williamson (805) 495-2145.
Patient-care volunteers offer social, emotional and practical support through conversation, companionship, outings, and other activities in the way a friend or neighbor would for individuals with life-limiting illness and their families.
In preparation, volunteers receive specialized training over a 6 week period, one afternoon per week. They commit to 2-3 hour weekly visits and may help with respite for the caregiver, writing letters or life stories, listening, reading, and running errands or assisting with minor home chores.
Vigil Volunteers are hospice trained volunteers who provide a reassuring presence at the bedside of people in their final hours of life, when loved ones are unable to be present, who would otherwise die alone. This service is provided in partnership with Los Robles Hospital as part of the NODA (No One Dies Alone) program .
Patient/Pet support volunteers- help our patients keep their beloved pet by their side during their illness by walking, feeding, grooming and otherwise caring for the pet, as our patients many times do not have the means to do so.
- An interest in the hospice concept
- Maturity,stability, and dependability
- Good listening skills and the ability to be comfortable with silences
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Understanding of and adherence to the principles of confidentiality.
Successful completion of 27 hour training process and periodic on-going training.
Approximately two to three hours a week.