We just completed our 2018 Spring Volunteer Training. Stay tuned for more information about our next training to be held in the Fall of 2018; Or call Heather or Judy at (805) 495-2145 for more information. Registration is Free of Charge
Patient-care volunteers; Since 1977, Hospice of the Conejo has relied upon the kindness and generosity of our volunteers who serve patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. With open hearts, our volunteers offer a thoughtful voice and listening ear.
In preparation for this incredible, rewarding opportunity, volunteers receive specialized training over an 8 week period, one afternoon per week. They commit to 2-3 hour weekly visits. Our volunteers are there to hold a hand, to listen, to comfort, they may prepare a meal, brush their patient’s hair, and help with other general grooming needs . They may run errands and lend the much needed emotional support, care, and guidance to their patients long before the patient qualifies for medical hospice. Of equal importance is the direct support, respite, and guidance given to the care-giving family members, who often struggle with what is often a first time and overwhelming experience.
Vigil Volunteers are hospice trained volunteers who provide a reassuring presence at the bedside of people in their final hours of life, who would otherwise die alone because loved ones are unable to be present. This service is offered at Los Robles Hospital as part of our NODA (No One Dies Alone) program; also provided at private board & care and/or assisted living facilities.
Patient/Pet support volunteers– help our patients keep their beloved pet by their side during their illness by walking, feeding, grooming and otherwise caring for the pet, as our patients many times do not have the means to do so. (Hospice Training is not required to be a Patient/Pet Volunteer)
- An interest in the hospice concept
- Maturity,stability, and dependability
- Good listening skills and the ability to be comfortable with silences
- Ability to work as a team member.
- Understanding of and adherence to the principles of confidentiality.
Successful completion of 27 hour training process and periodic on-going training.
Approximately two to three hours a week.