Become a Volunteer

Direct Care Palliative Volunteer

The Direct Care Palliative Volunteer's role is to provide emotional, social, and spiritual support to those that are dying and their loved ones.

 

There is a variety of roles that a Palliative Care Volunteer can do, such as:

Direct client visits, including:

GRB Hospital

Quesnel Hospice

Dunrovin Lodge

the community of Quesnel

Companionship

Vigil support

Bereavement support

Life historian

Spiritual Care Companion

Gardening

Music therapy

To become a Direct Care Palliative Volunteer, applicants must complete the following steps:


1. Fill out the

       Palliative Care Volunteer Form

2. Submit two reference letters

 

3. Complete a criminal records

 

4. Send the completed forms to:

Email: QDHPCA Volunteer Coordinator

Or by mail:

QDHPCA Volunteer Coordinator

 c/o Suzannah Meir

Box 4537 

Quesnel. BC

V2J - 3J8

Once we have received this information about you, we will contact you for an interview and to arrange a spot in one of our Volunteer Training Programs that are offered each spring and autumn.

Indirect Care Palliative Volunteer

There a are a variety of ways volunteer with the QDHPCA, such as:

Public awareness presentations

Special events & fundraising

Hike for Hospice event

Hearts for Hospice Gala committee

Decorating​ events

Donation recruitment

Clean-up committee

Ticket selling

Gardening

Holiday decorating of Hospice unit 

Bedside singers

Musicians

Pet therapy

Website researchers

Website writers

If your would like to become an Indirect Care Palliative Volunteer, please contact the QDHPCA Volunteer Coordinator at:

Phone: 250-985-5816

 

Email: QDHPCA Volunteer Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Palliative Care Volunteers receive training?

Yes, all Direct Care Palliative Volunteers are required to submitted a Palliative Care Volunteer Application, two reference letters, and undergo a criminal records check prior to completing a formal training program.

The training focuses the concept of Hospice Palliative Care, as well as the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual concerns facing people during a life ending illness.

How often is the volunteer assigned?

Some families prefer a regular scheduled time each week. Others prefer more or less visits. We look at each person's individual needs and work with you to provide the best support for you and your family.

What services can a Palliative Care Volunteer perform?

Palliative Care Volunteers do what you might ask a family member, friend, or neighbor. They may stay with you while your spouse or family runs errands or goes out to dinner. They may help with shopping, picking up prescriptions, take you to doctor's appointments or treatments, or spend time with you or your loved one.

Can Palliative Care Volunteers give medications?

No, our volunteers are not allowed to administer medications. If a family member has prepared the medication by pouring it into a small dish, and the patient is physically able to take the medication, the volunteer is permitted to hand the medication to the patient.

What happens if we don't like the volunteer assigned to us?

We try to select a volunteer who we believe will be suitable to the needs of you and your family. If for any reason you are not pleased, every effort will be made to address your concerns and make the necessary changes.

What do Palliative Care Volunteers do if there is a problem or an emergency?

Before a volunteer is assigned, a plan containing instructions and contact information for family members, nursing staff, the Volunteer Coordinator, and if necessary, the ambulance is made up. Your volunteer will then follow these instructions if there is a problem or emergency.

Our Volunteer is beginning to feel close as a family member. Is that unusual?

We hear this frequently and it is not unusual. That is the beauty and success of the Hospice Palliative Care Program. it is based on the relationships formed during difficult times. These relationships can be very deep and long lasting.

Our volunteers have been so nice to us. Can we give them a gift?

The best way to say thank you is by writing a note or giving a card to the volunteer. You can also send your feedback to the Volunteer Coordinator or the Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association

I think I might like to be a Palliative Care Volunteer someday. Is that possible?

Most of our volunteers have experienced the loss of a loved one in their personal lives and have the desire to help others facing a loss. After a period of bereavement and working through your grief, you are welcome to apply to our Direct Care Palliative Volunteer program or become a QDHPCA Indirect Care Palliative Volunteer.

Helpful Websites

 

Volunteer BC

The voice of volunteerism with the goal of promoting the value of volunteerism and building healthy BC Communities. Their programs help British Columbians mobilize their talents as volunteers, offer education opportunities, provide useful tools and ways to address critical community needs

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Contact Us

 

Making the Road Less Lonely

 

Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association

900 St Laurent Avenue

Quesnel, BC

V2J 3S3

Phone: 250-985-5816

Fax: 250-985-5506

email: qdhpca@gmail.com

Registered Canada Charity #119107753 RR0001

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