Hospice volunteer information
Volunteers for Hospice of the Central Coast are always needed. A desire to help and a little time to spare are all you need to volunteer.
For more information, call Hospice Support Services in Monterey at (831) 649-7755.
View and download the forms you need to apply to become a hospice volunteer.
Hospice volunteer program
Hospice of the Central Coast is a department of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. Hospice Support Services provides comfort and support to patients and their families. Our volunteers are an integral and indispensable part of the team needed to provide quality end-of-life care in the community.
Hospice volunteers receive 25 hours of training before working with patients. Training includes an orientation to hospice philosophy; understanding the patient's world; an exploration of personal readiness for the work; communication and listening skills; and bereavement support for grief and loss.
Volunteers receive ongoing support and education from staff, volunteer mentors, and a variety of community-based consultants.
Hospice volunteer areas
- Patient and family support in private homes and skilled nursing facilities including Westland House: Volunteers provide comfort and emotional support to patients and their families; caregiver respite; and companionship and socialization to patients.
- Vigil service: Specially trained volunteers sit by the bedside or vigil for patients the last 24-48 hours of life.
- Volunteer chaplains: Select volunteers provide spiritual support and, occasionally, memorial services for hospice patients and those enrolled in our hospice Transitions program.
- Complementary therapies: Volunteers with special training in massage therapy, healing touch, reflexology, or any credentialed modality can provide service to our patients and caregivers for symptom or stress management. We also provide special training for volunteers who wish to provide aromatherapy to patients and their families.
- Bereavement services: Volunteers provide one-on-one support to patients and their families, make bereavement follow-up calls and visits, and with additional training, can facilitate grief support groups.
- Transitions program: Volunteers provide support in home or in facilities to clients with a prognosis of one year or less. May offer a longer-term volunteer/client relationship.
Other areas (additional training required)
- Transportation Program volunteers provide support while driving patients diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to medical appointments. Volunteers are also needed to schedule transportation for patients facing life-threatening diseases.
- Administrative volunteers assist staff with a variety of projects.
- Greeters at Westland House assist visitors upon arrival or provide support to staff with deliveries to patients or administrative tasks as needed.
- Bereavement group facilitators, working in pairs, lead support groups and are supported by professional staff.
- Griefbusters volunteers are specially trained to provide grief and loss support to children ages 5-18.