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Home Visiting Program

In-Home Volunteers provide emotional support and companionship while offering respite to family members in a setting of their choice. Our professionally trained Volunteer and Client Services Coordinator visits new clients in their home to determine their needs and the appropriate level of support required. At that time, the Coordinator will match you to your desired community hospice program.

At Beth Donovan Hospice, we collaborate care with physicians, family members, and hospital staff. Trained volunteers are supported by our Volunteer Coordinator who can assist with advocacy and collaboration, while transportation services can also be offered to clients of the Home Visiting program. Hospice volunteers are there to provide support to the client and family/caregivers; care that supplements, not replaces, the care provided by professional personnel.

 

In-home volunteers can provide the following services to our clients:

  • Companionship with a friendly visitor
  • Reading books together or aloud
  • Going on walks
  • Sharing hobbies
  • Offering respite for family/caregivers to run errands, go to appointments, or simply relax
  • Outings
  • Aiding in journaling/memoirs
  • Card games
  • Reminiscing about favourite memories
  • Preparing light meals or snacks
  • Light household chores
  • And more

All in-home volunteers receive 30 hours of accredited Hospice Palliative Care Ontario training from the Beth Donovan Hospice, are screened with a police records check, and are offered continued support from our Volunteer Coordinator.

 

Referrals
Referrals are accepted from: family members, clients, friends, clergy, physicians and other health care professionals and agencies, and, of course, self-referral. The client must agree to involvement in the program and be receptive to periodic visits by the Volunteer Coordinator to assess ongoing needs.

Testimonials

  • “’Thank you’ just seems inadequate for the group of people that are Beth Donovan Hospice as an organization. You not only gave Joanie a chance for dignity and respect but you gave her, myself and the kids the greatest gift of all; your support granted her wish to live, and I do mean live, her final moments at home surrounded by love and laughter.”

  • “I can’t thank the hospice enough for all their help, concern and mostly professionalism they showed in sorting out Grandma’s dilemma. It’s people like you that make our community a great place to live.”

  • “I like it here. I feel like part of the group. I like playing cards.”
  • “Don looked forward to Elaine’s visits for the conversation and the lively interest they shared in current events. Her visits were a vital connection for him.”
  • “I want to thank you for your care and concern shown to our loved one during his illness. He certainly appreciated all you did as do I. He looked forward to his volunteer visiting, she was always professional and treated him with dignity. I was so grateful she came the morning he went to hospital. Thank you so much.”

Contact

1107 French Settlement Road,
Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 

Phone: 613.258.9611
Fax: 613.258.9651
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