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Volunteers play a key role in patient and family care, and all other organizational activities at San Diego Hospice & Palliative Care (SDHPC).
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A Personal View of the Volunteer's Role 113K PDF
Communicating with Patients with
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It's a Privilege 99K PDF
The Case for Self Care 114K PDF
The Value of Reminiscence in Hospice Care 165K PDF

Patient Care Volunteers
Patient Care Volunteers support patients and families in many different ways by:

  • giving caregivers time away from the patient
  • helping a patient write a Life Review
  • providing transportation to patients through our “Caring Chauffeur Program”
  • running errands
  • shopping for groceries
  • picking up medications.

Basic Training
To become a patient care volunteer, you must first:

  1. Submit a Patient Care Volunteer Application
  2. Complete a Volunteer Training Program. Click to read about:

Clergy, mental health therapists, nurses, physicians, social workers and other health care professionals who want to volunteer their professional skills with patients and families are required to take the Basic Patient Care Training first.

Ongoing Monthly Training
Topic specific monthly training is offered to current volunteers and specialty training is available to work in our inpatient care center, on our children's team, in the therapy dog program and with HIV/AID's patients in our Palliative Home Health service.

For more information, contact us at volunteer@sdhospice.org

Download a Patient Care Volunteer Application

Organizational Volunteers
Brief orientation and job-specific training is available on an individual basis. Volunteers may serve on one-time, limited projects or may assist on a regular, on-going basis. Hours vary by assignment.

For more information, contact us at volunteer@sdhospice.org

Download a Organizational Volunteer Application

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Last Updated: February 02, 2005