Hospice Home Visiting Volunteer

Hospice Home Visiting Volunteer
Organization NamePosition TypesDurationGreat ForRegion and Location(s)Ad Online SinceApplication Deadline
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities
  • Care Giving / Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Visiting / Chatting / Socializing
Long term (6 months to 1 year)
  • Seniors
  • English as a Second Language
  • Ontario - Scarborough
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area
2019-11-192020-02-17

Time is a valuable resource...Give the gift of yours

Are you looking for a meaningful way to be involved in your community?

Do you have 3 hours a week during the daytime to visit someone in their home?

Would your friends describe you as compassionate & reliable?

Want to learn more about yourself and others?

Do you speak a second language in addition to English?

Italian, Greek, Romanian, Russian, Tamil, Hindi, Japanese, Cantonese, Hungarian or Tagalog?

If this describes you please think about joining our amazing and committed team of Community Hospice Program volunteers.

The SCHC Community Hospice Program provides in-home support to individuals living with a life-limiting illness (cancer, ALS, congestive heart failure, Huntingtons and other progressive illnesses). Volunteers provide (non-medical) emotional, social and spiritual support to individuals, their families and caregivers. We know that with the right support, services and information, caring for someone to the end of life can be manageable and meaningful for all involved. Volunteers are a vital part of the interdisciplinary team that supports enhancing the quality of life for individuals and families facing life-limiting illness, death and bereavement.

Our volunteers are caring, compassionate, and respectful, have good inter-personal and communication skills and are committed to providing empathetic and judgment-free service to a range of people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds in Scarborough. You will receive professional training, ongoing support and recognition and be part of a team of people who consistently say that they “get more than they give” from this unique and life-enhancing volunteer opportunity.

As demand for our services continues to grow, we urgently need volunteers who speak a second language in addition to English, especially: Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Tagalog, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese and others. (and welcome English-only speakers as well). 

 Volunteers must have daytime availability during the week to visit their clients. 

Required Language

English

Preferred Second Languages

Italian, Greek, Hungarian, Romanian, Tagalog, Tamil, Arabic, Hindi, Urdu, Portuguese, Japanese, Cantonese 

Transportation

Location for training has plenty of free parking and is TTC accessible (a very short bus ride from Kennedy station).  Our groups will be offered at our Brimley & Eglinton site.

Minimum Age

18

Responsibilities

To enhance the comfort, dignity and quality of life of people living with a life-limiting illness, their caregivers and families through emotional, social and spiritual care and practical assistance (non-medical support). Examples of activities and duties that volunteers may be asked to provide include: companionship, caregiver respite, reading out loud, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, watching movies, assisting with writing, scrapbooking, story-telling and other legacy work, outings, running errands or accompanying someone to the store, an appointment, religious/faith service etc.

Weekly visits to your assigned client, reliable and consistent communication with hospice staff, timely reporting of monthly volunteer hours and dedication to the values of Hospice Palliative Care are also required.

Training & Location

Participation in agency, screening, orientation and training, plus successful completion of 30 hour professional hospice training (certificate provided). Police and personal reference checks. Training takes place at the mid-Scarborough HUB, Brimley & Eglinton.

Commitment: 

About 3-5 hours per week for one full year, you visit your client on the same day and time each week. You commit to regular reporting and communication with staff, ongoing personal and professional development and maintaining safe boundaries and self-care practices.

For more information and to apply, contact Betty Ann Rutledge, Volunteers, Outreach & Training in the Community Hospice Program at brutledge@schcontario.ca or call 416-642-9445 ext. 4418. Apply now to begin your journey of learning and giving right away! 

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