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About the Position
Position Number 233
Position Title Palliative Care/Hospice Volunteer
Organization Name VON Perth Huron
Area(s) of Interest Caring Support, Counselling/Conflict, Senior Services
Position Description Volunteers are assigned tasks, which vary, depending on the needs of the individual, their family members, and the volunteer's own particular skills and interests.

Volunteers provide companionship, supportive emotional care and compassionate assistance; offer basic comfort measures and practical assistance which may include duties such as helping a client to the washroom, providing assistance with nourishment, offering a foot or back rub, etc; and an emotional break to family caregivers from their care giving duties. Volunteers may be available at times when the client might otherwise be alone.

Volunteers give the degree of personal care that has been assessed as appropriate both for client and volunteer. Specific training may be required re safe walking, transfers, back care, etc.

Volunteers are not expected to function in a nursing care role, provide extensive physical care such as tub bathing, offer ongoing child care, or do heavy housework.

Volunteers may also provide transportation to palliative clients who meet the qualifying criteria to provide that service.
Goal of Position A volunteer gives freely of their time and skills to support and further the mission and values of VON. A palliative care volunteer provides clients and their family members with emotional support, practical assistance within the boundaries of their role as a volunteer and respite to individuals facing a life limiting illness, death, and bereavement.
Position Benefits Volunteer and Individual/family benefit from a caring relationship.
Volunteer is able to make a difference in the lives of others living in their community.
Volunteers enhances and shares their knowledge of Hospice Palliative Care.
Position Qualifications All Palliative Care Volunteers are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours of Hospice Palliative Care training prior to being matched with a client. Successful completion of VON Volunteer orientation is required also.

Valid driver’s license with appropriate insurance coverage, and safe driving history for volunteers driving as part of their duties.

Demonstrated capacity to seek direction and feedback from program staff, and exhibit calm, sensitive qualities, particularly in changing situations of stress and/or uncertainty

Past health care training or experience with chronic and/or life-threatening illness would be preferred.

a) Fulfill time commitment of a minimum of 6 months or as agreed;
b) Arrange schedule of volunteer activities with VON staff member;
c) Contact Program Coordinator as soon as possible if unable to make a scheduled assignment and/or if unable to reach assigned client;
d) Work within parameters of the position description;
e) Provide services as requested and mutually agreed with VON staff member and individual/family;
f) Work toward fulfillment of program/department goals;
g) Communicate concerns, comments or suggestions to the Program Coordinator on an ongoing basis, preferably at each service visit, on the subject of client’s condition/situation;
h) Submit reports and keep accurate records as applicable;
i) Participate in on-going review of service delivery processes and evaluation;
j) Adhere to VON Canada policies.
Time Commitment Week Day Morning, Week Day Afternoon, Week Day Evening, Weekend Morning, Weekend Afternoon, Weekend Evening, Anytime
Duration Long Term (More than 6 months)
Time Detail 2-4 hours per week + monthly education & training sessions
Start Date 2021-12-29
Min Age 18
Ideal for Individual, Newcomers
Location Stratford, Ontario, Canada
Geographical Area(s) East Perth, West Perth
Police Check Yes
COVID-19 Vaccination Required Yes
Accessibility Unknown
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How to Contact
Website https://von.ca/en/locations/perth-huron
Contact Sheri Gilhula
Phone 519-271-7991 Ext. 4228
Address 40 Long Drive Stratford , N5A 8A3

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