Please note: the Background Check, TB test and Drug Screening are covered by Grane Hospice and we reimburse for mileage and craft expenses.
- Criminal Background Check
- Completion of Appropriate Training
- Two step TB Test (Direct Patient Care volunteers only)
- Drug Screening (Direct Patient Care Volunteers only)
- Weekly Check-Ins (Direct Patient Care Volunteers only)
- Good organization for tracking hours, mileage and care
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Are other people as nervous as I feel about this undertaking?
Answer: Yes! The training is aimed to eliminate much of this feeling as you will learn about what to say, how to listen & help.
Question: What if the patient/family does not want me to help?
Answer: The volunteer coordinator, nurse, social worker or another member of the Grane Hospice team will make the initial contact to determine whether the patient/family would like to receive volunteer visits.
Question: Will I have to make the initial visit on my own?
Answer: The volunteer coordinator will make introductions for you during your first visit and ensure you feel comfortable before you make future visits on your own.
Question: What is taken into consideration when matching the volunteer with the patient/family?
Answer: Location is one main factor. Your desires & interests as a volunteer are also taken into consideration.
Question: How much time is required of me as a volunteer?
Answer: Your initial training and introduction will require approximately 4 hours. The time you spend visiting a patient or assisting with office work will be flexibly dependent on your personal desire and schedule.
Question: Will I have to spend money for the person I am helping?
Answer: No. You are not expected to spend any money. In fact you will be reimbursed for your mileage and any money spent on items for crafts for the patient.
Question: How will I personally benefit from this experience?
Answer: You will learn relational skills which will be invaluable in your personal life. You will also receive the satisfaction of helping someone in need. The blessing is almost impossible to describe.
Question: Will I have any supervision?
Answer: A volunteer coordinator will be available to guide and encourage you. Furthermore, staff will be available in the facilities in case of a patient emergency.