Requirements, Training and Categories
Patient and family services volunteers are 18 years and older. Skirball Hospice also offers an Activities Volunteer Program for High School students 16 to 18 years old who are interested in volunteering in skilled nursing facilities (parental involvement is required). All volunteers complete a course of training provided by Lee Rothman, M.A., the Volunteer Program Coordinator. Prospective volunteers complete an application (see the link below) and those that work with patients and families complete a TB test, physical exam, background check and drug test screenings.
Patient care and family services volunteers complete a comprehensive training program that familiarizes them with the history, philosophy, and scope of hospice work. Members of the care team including social workers, spiritual care counselors, bereavement coordinator, director of patient care, and experienced volunteers participate in the training to give participants a comprehensive overview of hospice services. After completing the training, volunteers are accompanied to their first assignment by the volunteer coordinator. Close supervision and follow-up, and monthly volunteer group meetings that focus on support and continued education and training in stress management and self-care techniques ensure our volunteers have the resources and close support they need to be successful in their assignments. Because of the training commitment, patient care and family service volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer service.
Volunteers who serve in the office complete a training that covers the scope of their duties and responsibilities. The expected commitment for office volunteers is 6 months or a full semester for students.
Skirball Hospice is recruiting licensed massage therapists, pet therapy volunteers, musicians and music therapy volunteers, estheticians and hair stylists, artists, and others certified in any of the healing arts. In addition, bilingual volunteers are encouraged to apply. Those who have fluency in Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Russian, Farsi, Tagalog, Korean and Chinese are especially needed.