Requesting a Volunteer
We all need some help. The problem is trying to find that help. If you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and want some help to cope with the stress, let us know. Please fill out the Request a Palliative Care Volunteer form below and email to the QDHPCA Executive Director
You can also phone us for more information at:
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 QDHPCA Executive Director, 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 QDHPCA Executive Director 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.
Palliative Care Volunteer Request