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 the 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 Opportunities

Hospice VolunteerHospice of the Central Coast, a department of Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, provides a comprehensive end-of-life care program. Hospice Support Services provides comfort and support to patients and their families during the illness as well as after the death. 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 prior to working with patients. The training includes an orientation to hospice philosophy; understanding the patient's world; an exploration into personal readiness for the work; communication and listening skills; bereavement support for grief/loss.

Volunteers receive ongoing support and education from staff, volunteer mentors, and a variety of community based consultants.

Hospice trained volunteers are able to provide support in the following areas:

  1. Patient/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. 
  2. Vigiling service: Specially trained volunteers sit by the bedside or vigil for patients the last 24-48 hours of life. 
  3. Volunteer chaplains : Select volunteers provide spiritual support and occasional memorial services for hospice benefit patients and clients on the Transitions program. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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.

With specific orientation or training volunteers may provide service in the following areas:

  1. Transportation Program: Volunteers provide support while driving patients diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to treatment or medical appointments.Volunteers are also needed to schedule transportation for patients facing life-threatening diseases. 
  2. Administrative volunteers assist staff with a variety of projects. 
  3. Greeters at Westland House assist visitors upon arrival or provide support to staff with deliveries to patients or administrative tasks as needed. 
  4. Bereavement group facilitators:All of our support groups are co-facilitated by two specially trained volunteers and supported by professional staff. 
  5. Griefbusters : Volunteers are specially trained to provide grief and loss support to children aged 5-18.
For further information please call Hospice Support Services at 649-7755; for specific patient care volunteer opportunities please contact Stephanie Horoszko, patient care volunteer coordinator, at 649-7732.