Volunteers are carefully screened and receive training in palliative care.
Volunteers provide emotional and practical support at home, in the hospital or at the personal care home.
They can provide companionship and offer short respite for the family or caregiver.
The Coordinator for Sunset Palliative Care meets with individuals and families, at their request, to help set up a plan that meets the needs of both the patient and the family.
Some ways that volunteers can help are by:
- providing relief for spouse or caregiver
- reading the newspaper to clients
- visiting/chatting/ reminiscing
- playing cards
- writing letters/helping client keep in touch with relatives and friends
- holding a hand
- being a caring companion
- and just being there!