Our next Volunteer Training will be in the Fall of 2020. September 22-November 10th. In addition to developing an understanding of the philosphy and history of palliative and hospice care, this unique educational regimen prepares individuals to deal compassionately and sensitively with end-of-life issues by providing them with the necessary skills and knowledge to be of service to individuals facing life limiting illnesses and their loved ones before, during, and after the end of life process.
For more information please call Judy or Claytie at (805) 495-2145 for more information. Training 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; 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.