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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

  • “I am amazed at the talent pool right here in the community. It has been a wonderful experience at the Day Hospice and I came with a very skeptical attitude in the first week.”

  • “There were still things to get organized: I needed assistive devices in the home and had no idea how or where I was going to find them let alone the funds. Once again there they were, “What do you need, let’s check and see what we have”; Raised toilet seat, bed rail, wedge pillow, and volunteer driver they were there every step. Once we got home our needs changed quickly; we now needed a commode and wheelchair. I panicked … one frantic text to our Home Visiting volunteer and one phone call to Beth Donovan Hospice and 2 hours later we were equipped for the weekend and the next chapter in this journey.”
  • “’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 like it here. I feel like part of the group. I like playing cards.”
  • “The meals are so tasty and well planned. The driver (Shawn) is a real gentleman and a pleasure to ride with – the highlight of my week.”

Contact

1107 French Settlement Road,
Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 

Phone: 613.258.9611
Fax: 613.258.9651
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