Volunteers are the heart of Hospice Quinte and are involved as Patient Volunteers, Office Volunteers, and Event Volunteers.
Hospice Quinte Patient Volunteers
Our visiting hospice patient volunteers have a desire to give comfort and care to patients, caregivers, and families during the end of life. These dedicated volunteers have an incredible impact on the lives of the patients they serve and the families and friends of the terminally ill. A visiting hospice volunteer can fill the gap between family members and professional caregivers. They are trained to meet the needs of patients and loved ones, visiting on a schedule that is open to change as the needs of the patient and family change. Hospice volunteers are unpaid, yet priceless.
Hospice Quinte is committed to offering support for individuals facing a life-threatening illness to help them live with comfort, meaning, dignity, and hope. Our visiting hospice program provides respite for caregivers and a volunteer to visit with hospice palliative care patients who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness. Visits take place in homes, hospitals, and long term care facilities. Volunteers visit with a patient to provide respite to caregivers so they can attend to their own needs.
Our volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed. They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient and their family, friends, and caregivers.
Become a Patient Volunteer
Hospice Quinte patient volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and not have experienced a significant loss (such as death, divorce, or loss of job or home) in the last year. Patient volunteers will have to complete an application form, screening process, criminal record check, 30 hours of training, and a two-step tuberculosis test. Supporting patients and families can be stressful so volunteers should have a strong support network and practice self care. Volunteers should have a mature perspective on life, death, loss, and grief and are are accepting and respectful of others who have different values, beliefs, and ways of living. Patient volunteering is both rewarding and challenging.
The first step to becoming a Hospice Quinte Patient Volunteer is to complete a Patient Volunteer Application form.
Click here for the Hospice Quinte Patient Volunteer form
Click here to read the Hospice Quinte Patient Volunteer Position Description
To ensure that each of our patients and their caregivers receive the best service possible, each of our caregiver volunteers is required to participate in a 30 hour training program. This consists of ten, three hour sessions over a ten week period. The training is provided at no cost to the volunteer, and gives our new volunteers an opportunity to prepare for patient care. There are many topics covered with plenty of time for discussion.
Topics covered include:
- The role and responsibilities of a volunteer
- The needs of the dying person and their family
- Universal precautions
- The history, origins and role of the hospice
- HIV/AIDS awareness
- Funeral preparations
- Wills, advance directives and power of attorney
- Basic nursing techniques, and body mechanics.
The training concludes with a panel of seasoned volunteers, patients and/or their caregivers.
We rely on area professionals to deliver many of the training sessions to our volunteers. We provide two training programs per year, one each in the spring and the fall. Please call the office for more information.
If you feel able to give some of your spare time to ease the suffering of those who are terminally ill, we are always in need of volunteers. This could be in the capacity of working directly with patients, or fundraising. Please contact us for information about how you can become involved.
Special Thanks to our faithful, wonderful trainers:
John MacTavish, Ian Sullivan, Pam Pettigrew, Vicki Fulcher, Michelle Hutchison, Belleville Cemetery & Crematorium, Burke Funeral Home, and those who participated on the panel.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
- Fundraising volunteers to assist with the many special events hosted throughout the year.
- Volunteers to staff our reception desk, Monday to Friday. Volunteer shifts are 8:30-12:30 & 12:30-4:30.
Please contact the office for volunteer opportunities.
To submit your paper form, please either mail or drop it off at the Hospice Quinte office.
Hospice Quinte, 225 Dundas Street East, Belleville, ON K8N 1E2
If you have any problems or questions about reporting your volunteer hours, please contact Patient and Volunteer Coordinator Jan MacInnes by email at [email protected] or by calling 613-966-6610 ext. 221.