Hospice Volunteer Training
Hospice of San Juan offers free training for new volunteers on the first two Saturdays of March (the 7th and 14th).
Hospice of San Juan, an all-volunteer hospice founded in 1985 by a group of island health providers wishing to care for neighbors free of charge, works independent of as well as alongside the Medicare- and insurance-funded hospice organization based in Mt Vernon (Hospice of the Northwest) that comes out to San Juan Island.
Due to its status as a free service, Hospice of San Juan has much greater freedom in the types of activities its volunteers may engage in. If you have a skill you would like to share with homebound neighbors approaching the end of life, consider volunteering for Hospice of San Juan. Volunteer training is required of all volunteers.
At the upcoming March new volunteer training, hands-on instruction on a wide variety of situations frequently encountered when providing care to homebound people will be provided: handling dementia-related behavior, navigating family communication, caring for fragile bodies while protecting your own body, when to call 911, being mindful of healthy boundaries and aware of ethical approaches to uncertain situations. A full list of course topics and faculty may be found on the Hospice of San Juan website.
Hospice of San Juan’s primary mission is respectful care of those facing life-limiting illness; one of its five service areas is providing respite to caregivers. In order to provide the best respite care possible, all volunteers are trained by professionals. Thanks to funding from The Mary See Foundation and private donors, training is at no charge to participants. Both days of training include lunch. Advance registration is encouraged, especially if there are dietary restrictions that need to be taken into account.
Training is free of charge, and lunch is included. Space is limited so fill out your volunteer application (available on the web http://hospiceofsanjuan.org/caregiver-resources.html) ASAP and return to Hospice of San Juan, PO Box 1434, Friday Harbor WA 98250.