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Position: 1740 - In-Home Visiting Volunteer
Organization: Bethell Hospice
Position Address: Brampton and Caledon
Location: Brampton, Caledon
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individual, Older Adults
- Uphold the client's right to dignity and self-determination and to provide client-directed support
- Support the social and emotional wellbeing the clients with life-limiting illnesses and to the family members/caregivers.
- Establish supportive relationships with clients, their family and visitors.
- Endeavor to meet the client and family's needs according to the goals of the care plan and guidelines in the hospice policies and procedures.
- Observe and report changes in client's condition to Community Care Coordinator or designate
- Communicate with the Community Care Coordinator after first visit and communicate any changes or concerns about the client/caregivers
- Visit with the client and family, sharing mutual interests, reading, letter writing, arts and crafts, music, errands, light meal preparation and feeding, and light household tasks
- Accompany clients for walks where suitable
- Provide comfort measures such as assistance with feeding, bed changing, personal hygiene, mouth care and light hand massage
- Continue to pursue available training opportunities to ensure learning is kept up to date and relevant throughout volunteer experience
- Adhere to Bethell Hospice's policies and procedures
- Maintain record of client care visits/telephone support and report monthly statistics by the 5th of each month to Community Care Coordinator
- Act as an ambassador for Bethell Hospice

Hospice volunteers are highly respected and valued members of the Bethell House trans-disciplinary team who generously give of themselves and their time. They each bring unique gifts to those they serve. In-Home Visiting Volunteers actively contribute to the well-being of clients and their families, providing companionship and emotional support.

Care for those in your community
Apply compassionate, listening and communication skills
Work as part of a team of In-Home Visiting volunteers
Learn more about Hospice Palliative Care Services in your community

Position Qualifications
- Minimum 18 years of age
- Sensitive, compassionate, flexible and conscientious
- Open-minded and non-judgmental
- Respect for diversity, equity and inclusivity
- General proficiency in English for reading and writing
- Responsible, punctual and reliable
- Maintain confidentiality at all times
- Courteous and effective communication; Active listening skills
- Work within role boundaries and position scope
- Work well in a team or independently, open to guidance as an opportunity for self-growth
- Manage stressful situations, remain calm in an emergency
- Strong time management skills
- Comfortable asking questions and seeking information
- Meet physical requirements of the position
- Comfort and ability to discuss issues regarding, illness, dying, death and bereavement
- Active listening and communication skills
- Ability to discern boundaries and limitations to maximize client empowerment
- Successfully complete screening requirements and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario training
Min Age: 18    Police Check: Yes

Time Commitment
Duration:Long Term (More than 6 months)
Time of visits are coordinated with Client Care Coordinator and Client/Family

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario training provided by Bethell Hopsice. Please contact for more information on Fall 2016 dates.

Area(s) of Interest: Healthcare, Life Skills & Accessibility, Senior Support
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