CARLSBAD — Hospice of the North Coast, at 5441 Avenida Encinas, Suite A, is currently seeking people who can serve as patient care, administrative support, resale shop and auxiliary volunteers. People offering services such as pet therapy are also welcomed to join the HNC team. Applicants can learn more by visiting www.hospicenorthcoast.org or calling (760) 431-4100.
“As a nonprofit Hospice providing care and support to terminally ill patients and their families throughout North County, we depend heavily on people who can contribute a few hours a month or more,” said Director of Volunteer Services Judith Miller. “Hours are flexible and can revolve around a volunteer’s employment and other commitments.”
Trainings are held periodically for the volunteers who play key roles in every facet of HNC’s operation. A special group known as patient care volunteers fills a crucial niche: each is an instrumental part of a patient’s care team. They make home visits, offering companionship to patients and relief to caregivers. Volunteers are screened, trained, assigned to a patient and given ongoing education and support. After the training, the time commitment is one to four hours per week.
“I get so much satisfaction out of helping both the patients and their loved ones,” said Dan Del Fiorentino, an HNC patient care volunteer for more than 18 years. “Most of our clients are at home, where they want to be. It’s all about offering simple kindness. Every time I leave a client’s house, I feel very good knowing that I have done something to help.”