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Volunteering with HPCCR

Help. Support. Volunteer.

Hospice Palliative Care Charlotte Region would not exist without the support of our volunteers. They are the heart of our organization.

Our specially-trained volunteers bring comfort and peace to patients and families in many ways. They provide companionship to patients in their homes, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living communities. They help patients cope with life’s daily tasks and offer breaks for tired caregivers. They also add much-needed support behind the scenes by helping our staff in the office, at special events, and with fundraising projects.

Volunteers give their time and talents in unique and creative ways. Most importantly, our volunteers offer a great deal of love and care.

If you have a special skill that might benefit our patients and families, we would encourage you to contact us. Special services volunteers are always needed in such areas as notary services, hair styling, massage therapy, gardening, and pet therapy. We are also actively seeking Veterans to serve our patients who were also part of the armed forces.

Upcoming Training Opportunities*

* Please note that an application, interview and reference checks must be complete before you may attend training.

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Volunteering for Hospice

Volunteers provide important services to hospice organizations and the people they serve. Whether it s providing companionship to a person in the final months and weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, or helping with community outreach and fundraising, the contributions of volunteers are essential to the important work provided by our nation s hospice programs.

Hospice care in the U.S. was founded by volunteers and there is continued commitment to volunteer service in fact, Medicare regulations require that hospices have trained volunteers as a part of the services they provide.

More than 400,000 trained volunteers provide more than 19 million hours of service every year.

By being a hospice volunteer, you can gain great personal satisfaction from knowing that you have made an impact in another person s life and in your community.

Every hospice will have a screening process and volunteer training program. The best way to begin is to learn more about volunteering:

  • Contact your local hospice to ask about volunteer opportunities and the specific requirements and application process they have in place. Find a hospice in your community.
  • Meet some volunteers who have received national recognition for their hospice service: NHPCO/NCHPP Foundation of Hospice Award .

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, www.nhpco.org

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Hospice: Volunteering at the End of Life

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
— Emily Dickinson, “Complete Poems”

Hospice volunteer Linda Harris spent many a recent hour typing up poems and, in the process, learning about life and death, love and family, honesty and what it takes to make a difference. Written over time, some in the final months of life, the poems are the legacy of a remarkable 80-something woman Linda calls “The Poetry Madame.”

Linda met the Poetry Madame on Christmas Eve, when she first visited her at home as a hospice volunteer. The following week, New Year’s Eve, Linda began what would become a tradition, helping her new acquaintance “get gussied up” and giving her a haircut — a service she provides regularly to other hospice patients as well. (“I’m the best price in town,” she says of her free service.)

Hospice care is an end-of-life-care model that focuses on enhancing quality of life when time is short. It involves an inter-disciplinary team — including doctors, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and nutritionists — working together addressing the medical, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient, as well as providing bereavement support to the family. In keeping with hospice’s deeply humane and community-service roots (the word stems from the same root as “hospitality”), the team also includes volunteers like Linda — more than 460,000 other hospice volunteers across the country.

“Volunteers are an integral and valued part of the team,” says Taren Sterry. manager of volunteer services for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care. “They provide that extra level of care and comfort that neighbors used to provide for free, without thinking about it.”

In fact, volunteers are mandated by law. Organizations that receive hospice Medicare benefits from the government must have 5 percent of their direct services come from volunteers. Volunteers provide nonprofessional services but are required to undergo intensive training, including interviews and background checks. Our organization asks volunteers to commit to at least one year of service, visiting with one patient one hour per week in the home. Volunteers who visit patients in a residential facility have a small “caseload” per week.

Volunteer services can be as varied as those of any personal relationship and can include:

• Support for patients

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My love for hospice and palliation was born in 2008, when I began volunteering at the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, BC. It was there that I developed my profound love and respect for end-of-life care. To say the experience was transformational would be an understatement. The relationships that I developed with children and their families were exceptionally intimate, as I companioned them through their journey of ups and downs. Earning the trust of an individual or family during such a vulnerable time was always a privilege, and it kept me coming back for more.

I would come off a shift more energized than when I had started, and found myself waiting all week for my hospice visit to come around again. The experience was profoundly positive, and while I know I was helping others, I almost felt selfish about how much I was getting in return.

When I tell people what I do, I’m often asked about the (perceived) morbidity of the work. Isn’t it depressing? My love for hospice palliative care draws lots of strange looks and concerns about my mental health! I tell skeptics that helping a person reach happiness, comfort and fulfillment (whatever that means to them) at end-of-life is an incredible privilege, and that being able to facilitate a person’s journey with compassion is a beautiful gift. Yes, of course there is sadness, but your ability to empathize and act with compassion will reflect well in the relationships you build. In hospice volunteering, the ability to feel sadness is not a weakness – it’s a tool to remind you why this work is so important.

I attended the last round of Calgary’s Inter-Agency Hospice Volunteer Training, partly for my own interest and partly for a Master’s project I’m completing. I was impressed and warmed by the diversity in the group of trainees – there were people of all ages (the oldest was in her 90’s!), of numerous ethnicities, and various career backgrounds. Think you might not fit in? Think again! The palliative hospice care community is so welcoming and passionate, you’ll feel like part of the “family” in no time.

What does the literature say about volunteering in hospice?

  • · Hospice volunteering is extremely fulfilling and satisfying. (Chevrier, Steuer, MacKenzie, 1994; Claxton-Oldfield, Claxton-Oldfield, 2007; Leete, 1994; Pascuet, Beauchemin, Vaillancourt, Cowin, Ni, Rattray, 2012; Payne, 2001)
  • · Positive relationships with patients lead to positive personal growth. (Andersson Öhlén, 2005)
  • · The presence of hospice volunteers has a huge positive impact on patients and family members. (Weeks, MacQuarrie, Bryanton, 2008)
  • · Hospice volunteering allows for an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships and learn profound life lessons. (Planalp, Trost, Berry, 2011)
  • · Hospice volunteering contributes directly to peaceful and comfortable quality of life, which are considered some of the most important aspects of care. (Addington-Hall Karlsen, 2005)
  • · Spending time in hospice improves self-reflection related to death and dying, as well as greater comfort in addressing end of life issues. (Stecho, Khalaf, Prendergast, Geerlinks, Lingard, Schulz, 2012)

What would my role as a volunteer look like?

That’s for you and your hospice volunteer coordinator to decide! I’ve seen guitarists sing and play for people in their rooms, and pianists performing in the lounge. I’ve seen artists help patients paint a legacy piece, and bakers bring in fresh treats and loaves of bread. You can tailor your role to fit your comfort and skills – the unanimous philosophy is that everyone has something valuable to offer.

Hospice volunteering isn’t for everyone, but if you think you might be interested, contact one or more of the following Calgary area hospices to see how you can get involved:

3500 26 Ave. NE (Peter Lougheed Centre, Unit 42)

Agape Hospice (Salvation Army)

Addington-Hall, J. M. Karlsen, S. (2005). A national survey of health professionals and volunteers working in voluntary hospice services in the UK. I. Attitudes to current issues affecting hospices and palliative care. Palliative Medicine, 19. 40-48.

Andersson, B. Öhlén, J. (2005). Being a hospice volunteer. Palliative Medicine, 19. 602-609.

Chevrier, F. Steuer, R. MacKenzie, J. (1994). Factors affecting satisfaction among community-based hospice volunteer visitors. American Journal of Hospice Palliative Medicine, 11 (4), 30-37.

Chevrier, F. Steuer, R. MacKenzie, J. (1994). Factors affecting satisfaction among community-based hospice volunteer visitors. American Journal of Hospice Palliative Medicine, 11 (4), 30-37.

Claxton-Oldfield, S. Claxton-Oldfield, J. (2007). The impact of volunteering in hospice palliative care. American Journal of Hospice Palliative Medicine, 24 (4), 259-263.

Leete, E. B. (1994). Becoming a hospice volunteer. American Journal of Hospice Palliative Care, 11 (2), 27-32.

Pascuet, E. Beauchemin, L. Vaillancourt, R. Cowin, L. Ni, A. Rattray, M. (2012). Volunteer satisfaction and program evaluation at a pediatric hospice. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15 (5), 567-572.

Pascuet, E. Beauchemin, L. Vaillancourt, R. Cowin, L. Ni, A. Rattray, M. (2012). Volunteer satisfaction and program evaluation at a pediatric hospice. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 15 (5), 567-572.

Payne, S. (2001). The role of volunteers in hospice bereavement support in New Zealand. Palliative Medicine, 16. 107-115.

Planalp, S. Trost, M. R. Berry, P. H. (2011). Spiritual feasts: Meaningful conversations between hospice volunteers and patients. American Journal of Hospice Palliative Medicine, 28 (7), 483-486.

Stecho, W. Khalaf, R. Prendergast, P. Geerlinks, A. Lingard, L. Schulz, V. (2012). Being a hospice volunteer influenced medical students’ comfort with dying and death: A pilot study. Journal of Palliative Care, 28 (3), 149-156.

Weeks, L. E. MacQuarrie, C. Bryanton, O. (2008). Hospice palliative care volunteers: A unique care link. Journal of Palliative Care, 24 (2), 85-93.

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