Hospice Home Visiting Volunteer - North Halton

(Acclaim Health, Community Support Services)

Position ID: V-HVC0594 Last Full Update: 21 Aug 2018
Opportunity Details
ContactMelinda Brown, Coordinator Hospice Palliative and Bereavement programs, Acclaim Health; Phone: 905 827 8800 ext 2320; Email: mbrown@acclaimhealth.ca
DutiesProvide emotional and social support to adults and their families with a terminal diagnosis.  
Volunteers provide an opportunity for the client to be more than a diagnosis; creating a safe place for clients and their families to share the physical, emotional and spiritual changes they are experiencing. A visit might include legacy work, sharing histories, talking of gardening, or sitting quietly. 
Visits usually take place once a week for about 1-2 hours in the client’s home. At times the volunteer may provide respite for the caregiver. Dependent on the client’s ability may take the client out for a walk or a drive as well.
Ages18 year(s) and up
Suitable for OSSDNo
Suitable ForAdults (18+) ; Seniors (55+) ; Post-secondary students ; Persons with a hearing impairment ; Persons with a physical disability
Areas of InterestHealth Care ; Senior's Activity Support ; Social Interaction ; Special Needs / Differently Abled
Skills/ExperienceConfidentiality ; Creativity ; Dependability & Trustworthiness ; Friendly & Outgoing ; Listening Skills ; Patience ; Positive / Cheerful Demeanor ; Self-Motivated / Work Independently ; Team Work
Commitment LengthMedium Term (4 months to 1 year) ; Long Term ; Free 10 week training is mandatory before starting.
Interaction LevelOne-on-one ; Small Group
Minimum Hours1 / Week
SeasonsYear Round ; We work with volunteer availability and interests in finding an appropriate match.  
Visits can last 1 - 4 hours depending on client need and volunteer availability. 
Volunteers always have a coordinator with whom they can ask questions, receive education and call upon for support.
AccessibilityUnknown - Private homes ; Address should be fully accessible for persons living in a retirement residence.
LocationMilton, Georgetown, Acton, Halton Hills, Calendonia
Number of PositionsActon: 4 individual(s) ; Georgetown: 4 individual(s) ; Milton: 4 individual(s) 
12 individual(s) needed in total.
TrainingOrientation ; Training is provided ; Free, optional education seminars are offered in spring and fall. There is a volunteer appreciation luncheon each year and debriefing and sharing sessions regularly scheduled.
TransportationNear public transit ; Car required
Police CheckRequired
Additional RequirementsPolice check screening for working with vulnerable individuals is required along with 2 persons willing to provide a character reference for you.
Agency Details
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Organization NameAcclaim Health, Community Support Services
Office Phone905-827-8800
Toll Free Phone1-800-387-7127
Address & Map
2370 Speers Rd
Oakville, ON L6L 5M2