Description & Details
Hospice Complementary Therapy Volunteers provide support and relief to individuals managing physical discomfort and pain related to their illness and to Caregivers who utilize complementary therapies as a form of respite or to manage the physical manifestation of stress.
We are looking for registered professionals in the following areas of complementary therapy :
Volunteers provide support in the individuals home or other place of residence. Visits are scheduled based on the individuals needs and the Volunteers availability.
Volunteers are provided, free of charge, with the 35 hour Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) Training in order to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to support individuals served.
Topics covered by the training include, but are not limited to : communication skills, family dynamics, cultural competency, healthy caregiver boundaries, practical care giving skills, grief and bereavement, and the Hospice Complementary Therapist Volunteer role.
Volunteers must complete the HPCO training program before being matched with an individual seeking Hospice support. The next training program will start February8, 2016 until March 10, 2016.
The training has been scheduled for everyone Monday and Thursday evening from 6 : 00-9 : 00pm of that 4 week period, with an additional Sunday session, scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 10 : 00am to 3 : 00pm .
Contact Volunteer Services at 416-447-7244 x707 to learn more about our Hospice Visiting Volunteer position and to reserve space in the upcoming training session.
Skills And Experience Required :
We are seeking volunteers that are : *responsible and dependable *respectful *friendly, warm, and empathetic *sensitive to, and able to support the needs of others *willing to work with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds *and are able to remain calm and supportive in difficult situations.
In addition we require our Hospice Complementary Therapists to have : *current certification and membership in good standing with their governing college or regulatory body *Minimum of one year of practice in the Complementary Therapy they provide *commitment to providing holistic services to individuals dealing with life threatening illnesses.
Additional Information :
Required language : English
Volunteers who are fluent in other languages are also welcomed and may be matched with an individual who has a specific language request.
Minimum age : Minimum hours :
Minimum hours : 2-4 hours per week
Task requirements : carrying and lifting
carrying and lifting
dexterity and agility
Other Requirements : Police Records Check
Various locations throughout the volunteer services delivery area (North to Steeles Ave., East to Victoria Park Ave., South to Lake - including the Toronto Islands, West to Yonge St.
Volunteer may specify geographic limitations and / or preferences