VOLUNTEERING

Hospice volunteers provide companionship to people living with a life- limiting illness and help families and caregivers in a variety of ways. In addition to providing patient care, hospice volunteers help with office work, fund raising and community outreach.

HOSPICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers provide important services to the people they serve in our community. 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 Bakersfield Community Hospice.

 

Compassionate volunteers are at the heart of Bakersfield Community Hospice's mission to providing excellent end-of-life care to each patient and family, serving all people at the end of life’s journey. Hospice Volunteers make a difference in our community every day.

HOSPICE HELPS PEOPLE LIVE

Considered to be the model for quality compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice care involves a team-oriented approach incorporating expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.

 

“BEING A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER GIVES A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BEST PART OF BEING A HUMAN; OUR COMPASSION TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER.”

 

The focus of hospice is rooted in the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.  The hospice team, including hospice volunteers, provides the support needed to ensure the highest quality of life possible for the person living with a life-limiting illness.

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

Being a volunteer can be an intense experience. Being a hospice volunteer can also be an intensely rewarding experience. Bakersfield Community Hospice, volunteers are required to complete a pre-training interview and a twenty-hour orientation class. To learn more about the rewards of being a hospice volunteer, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Yanis, our Volunteer Coordinator at

 

VOLUNTEER EDUCATION

Hospice Volunteers receive training and on-going education opportunities to ensure they feel comfortable with their tasks. Hospice education covers:

 

1. Philosophy of hospice care.

 

2. Services offered by hospice.

 

3. Physical, emotional, social, spiritual issues that people can encounter at the end of life.

 

4. Effective communication when speaking with patients and family members.

 

5. Comfort care.

 

6. The dying process.

 

7. Basic information about grief and loss.

WHAT HOSPICE VOLUNTEERS DO?

As a hospice volunteer, you will be given the choice as to how much and what types of things you want to do. Typical volunteer duties can include:

 

1. Listening to patient’s concerns.

 

2. Being a comforting and supportive presence.

 

3. Engaging in the patient’s hobbies, playing a board game or discussing current events.

 

4. Sharing a special talent or skill.

 

5. Providing time for the caregiver to take care of her/him self.

 

6. Office and clerical support.

 

7. Community education.

 

8. Special events.

 

9. Fundraising activities.

 

It is the mission of Bakersfield Community Hospice to provide support, comfort and interdisciplinary care to the terminally ill and their loved ones, and to provide education and grief support to the community at large.

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