If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for Arbor Hospice and meet the requirements detailed below, you will receive 8 hours of general training followed by ongoing education throughout the year and interest specific modules which you can choose to take, such as pediatric volunteering, grief support volunteering, veteran to veteran volunteer visits and more. Depending on how you’d like to serve, we’ll be sure your training will support your success in your particular volunteer role.
General topics covered during volunteer training include:
- Introduction to hospice and palliative care
- Active listening and ways to improve communication
- Protection of patient/family rights, including confidentiality
- Knowledge of advance directives and powers of attorney
- Respecting cultural differences
- Physiological, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of end of live care
- The healing process
To become a volunteer for Arbor Hospice, you must meet the following requirements:
- Application and interview process
- Reference and background check, including fingerprinting
- Annual TB test or chest x-ray
- 8 hours of training
- Discussion of two- to four-hour weekly commitment for 12 months after completing your training
To honor the grieving process, volunteers are asked to wait a year after the death of a loved one before becoming an Arbor Hospice volunteer.