The Valley Hospice Foundation provides funding to support NSHA’s new Volunteer Program for the Annapolis Valley. Your donation to the program will ensure that well trained and specialized volunteers are available to help families in their homes, in the hospital, and will be ready to serve patients when the Hospice doors are first opened.
NSHA Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Program
How Do I Become a Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer?
- Complete the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Volunteer Application Form and submit it to Jennifer Moore, Volunteer Resources Consultant.
- Jennifer Moore, Volunteer Resources Consultant will then contact and meet with you to discuss your interest in volunteering.
- A criminal record check would need to be completed. This is required for all volunteers and the cost will be covered by NSHA.
- After the criminal record check is received, an interview would take place with the Manager of Palliative Care.
- Reference checks would then be completed by the Manager of Palliative Care.
- If everyone is in agreement, you will be signed up for the palliative care volunteer education program.
What Is This Education Program?
Palliative Care Volunteers are required to complete a 24-hour education program prior to being assigned to a patient. You will also have to attend a half-day Health Authority Orientation Session.
Will I Be Supported Once I Start As A Volunteer?
Yes, a part-time Palliative Care Volunteer Coordinator has been hired. The Coordinator will check in with you regularly once you get started and you will be able to call the Coordinator to discuss any concerns that you have. There will also be regular volunteer meetings and ongoing education sessions.
Volunteers must be prepared for the many complicated issues of dying. They are skilled in listening without judging or giving advice, and have respect for personal beliefs and the need for confidentiality. Volunteers require education as well as ongoing coordination, supervision, support and upgrading.