Volunteers are the hearts and hands of our services and vital to every one of Kaua`i Hospice’s programs. Currently, we have nearly 800 volunteers who assist with patient and family care, respite care, bereavement support, office work, public education, special events and fundraising projects. At least 75 of these volunteers are active year-round.
Patient and Family Volunteers
The nature of hospice care requires a very special kind of volunteer; so all patient and family volunteers are screened and trained before they begin working with families. Kaua`i Hospice offers three Volunteer Training courses per year for individuals 18 and older, who qualify. Each 36-hour course is free of charge and teaches the necessary skills to care for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. Through lectures, film presentations and guest speakers, volunteers become familiar with the different stages of death and dying and learn about Bereavement Care.
Volunteer Training Topics:
- Hospice Philosophy
- Cultivating the Gift of Listening
- The Hospice Patient and Family
- The Spiritual Pain of Dying
- Religious & Ethnic Considerations
- Legal & Ethical Issues
- As Death Nears…
- Mortuary Tour
- The Grieving Time
- Hands-On Care
- The Role of the Hospice Volunteer