Compassionate palliative care in your community

Patient Care Volunteers

Man and older woman sitting together
reading to lady in bed

The role of the client care volunteer can include:

Volunteers need to be patient, flexible, non-judgmental, understanding and accepting of other people’s beliefs and values.  They need to be able to work within a team and provide support and encouragement to their peers.  They also need to understand and accept the philosophy of hospice care. There are no formal qualifications or previous experience necessary – only the desire to be of service to hospice clients and their families/carers, and a willingness to learn from those they serve.

Perhaps one of the most important criteria is that volunteers should be happy to BE with people and not feel they have to fix things.  It is about ‘presence’.

Volunteering for in-home hospice palliative care offers the intellectual and emotional stimulation of having to deal with ‘the big questions’ such as the meaning of life and death and gives an opportunity to reflect on one’s own values and priorities.

Client care volunteers tend to assess their own suitability after reading available information, attending introductory interviews and a mandatory 6-week education program.