Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) March 04, 2013
Pathways Hospice is seeking volunteers to make visits to patients. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to join our team, give back to their community while touching lives in an extraordinary way. No previous hospice and health care experience is needed. Assignments are tailored to volunteers’ geographic preferences and schedule. In particular, Pathways Hospice needs volunteers from the communities of San Jose, Hayward, San Leandro and Castro Valley.
Pathways Hospice volunteers are thoroughly trained prior to visiting patients and their families. The next training will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, March 16th and March 23rd, 2013, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in Sunnyvale. Pre-registration is mandatory. Volunteers must attend both sessions. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old. For more information or to enroll call Alejandra Ramos in our Sunnyvale offices at 1-408-773-4271, or email vservices(at)pathwayshealth(dot)org or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org.
“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,“ said Shaguna Wilkes, Director of Volunteer Services. “Our Pathways Hospice volunteers truly touch the lives of our patients and families in extraordinary ways.”
Hospice volunteers help people facing terminal illness. Pathways 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’ training covers the basic principles of hospice, the special needs of patients and their families, spiritual care support, and understanding grief and loss. After completing the class, volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help families and patients as needed.
About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit, community based organization that has served the Bay Area for over 35 years, providing home health care, hospice care, palliative care, and grief counseling for adults and children. Pathways was founded by a group of Stanford physicians in 1977, who saw a community need for professional care at home. That first 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.
For more information about Pathways services, bereavement services, grief workshops, volunteering, or making a donation in support of Pathways’ families, call 1-888-755-7855 or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org/.