Pathways Hospice Offers Training and Seeks Volunteers in San Mateo and San Francisco

Pathways Hospice is seeking residents from the San Mateo County, Peninsula and San Francisco areas to volunteer to make visits to hospice patients in private homes, personal care homes and nursing homes. Pathways Hospice’s volunteer training covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, communication dynamics, patient care, spiritual care support, and understanding grief and loss.

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Touch Lives in Extraordinary Ways as a Pathways Hospice Volunteer

A short visit, a listening ear, reading a book, a simple walk—no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression on our patients and their families.

South San Francisco, California (PRWEB) January 11, 2013

Pathways Hospice is seeking volunteers from the San Mateo County, Peninsula and San Francisco areas to make visits to hospice patients. The hospice volunteer training will be held two consecutive Saturdays, January 26th and February 2nd, 2013, in the Pathways Hospice South San Francisco offices, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm.

Hospice volunteers help people and their families that are facing terminal illness.Pathways Hospice’s volunteer training covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, communication dynamics, patient care, spiritual care support, and understanding grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

Pathways encourages individuals from all genders, ages and backgrounds to join our volunteer team and touch lives in extraordinary ways while giving back to their community. No previous hospice and health care experience is needed. Assignments and schedules are tailored to volunteers’ geographic preferences and schedule.

Pre-registration is mandatory and volunteers must attend both sessions. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. For more information or to enroll call our San Francisco offices at 1 (650) 808.4604 or email vservices (at) pathwayshealth (dot) org or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org

After completing the class, volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help families and patients in many meaningful ways.

“We often hear from our Pathways Hospice volunteers about how much satisfaction they get from working with patients and their families,” “said Shaguna Wilkes, Director of Volunteer Services. “A short visit, a listening ear, reading a book, a simple walk—no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression on our patients and their families.”

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community based organization celebrating its 35th anniversary. Pathways was founded in 1977 by a group of Stanford physicians who saw the community’s need for professional care at home. That year Pathways served 12 patients. Pathways now serves over 5,000 families a year in San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Contra Costa Counties.

Affiliated with El Camino and Sequoia Hospitals since 1986, Pathways Home Health & Hospice is accredited by The Joint Commission, and is a member of the Visiting Nurse Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the California Association of Health Services at Home.

Donations received from the community by Pathways Home Health & Hospice provide services that would otherwise not be available, including 24/7 access to a specialized team of care providers, family bereavement counseling and support, integrative therapies, caregiver support, comfort care, and funding for under- and uninsured patients.

For more information about Pathways services, holiday grief workshops, volunteering, or making a donation in support of Pathways’ families, call 1 (888) 755.7855 or visit