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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

  • “For us, to have the hospice volunteer come in every week was a godsend; she was so warm and joyful, and she truly paid attention to the particulars of our family. She learned that my sister enjoyed mystery stories so began a story which they shared each week, both looking forward to the next chapter. I know that my sister must have loved their tie together sitting outside in the warm summer air, hearing a new chapter each week.”
  • “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.”

  • “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.”
  • “Thank you for all the wonderful weeks. ‘Hospice day’ is a highlight! Thank you as well to all the volunteers – they add so much to our day out!”
  • “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.”

Contact

1107 French Settlement Road,
Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 

Phone: 613.258.9611
Fax: 613.258.9651
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