McLean Hospice Seeks New Volunteers

Hospice provides holistic care for individuals who are making life’s final journey.  The McLean Hospice Interdisciplinary Team - nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides and volunteers - prides itself on helping patients find comfort to enjoy the richness of time they have left with loved ones, while surrounding families with the caring support and 24/7 availability of the professional team. Our Hospice focus is ensuring this final journey is filled with a rich sense of dignity and the best quality of life possible.

We are seeking mature individuals who can commit time to volunteer with our Hospice program, and can effectively support our mission, program and team.  Trained volunteers may visit patients and families in the community in their homes, apartments, or in assisted living or nursing facilities to provide social support, respite, companionship, a listening ear, and a caring presence.  They may also help families with specific tasks such as running an errand, planting flowers, walking a dog, or making a meal. 

We have a special need for volunteers qualified in complementary therapies such as massage, Reiki, music and/or pet therapy.  We also need volunteer assistance with office administrative and clerical duties. Whether you are a kind spirit wanting to be present with people, or a person with a specific talent you hope to share, there may be a way to contribute your time.

To volunteer for McLean Hospice, all applicants must successfully complete an initial 20-hour training program.  This training assures that volunteers know what to expect in their role, and helps them to understand the many complexities surrounding terminal illness and the dying process.

Our Hospice volunteer training will be a series of eight classes held in the evenings, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 -8:00 p.m., on October 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, and November 1 and 6.  The training will be conducted primarily by the Hospice team at the McLean Health Center in Simsbury. We ask individuals who have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, or who are actively grieving any personal loss, to postpone their participation for at least one year.

To request a Hospice Volunteer application package, schedule an interview and register for this Hospice Volunteer Training, please call Lori Scudder, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 860-658-8260 or email Lori.Scudder@McLeanCare.org. Register no later than September 28thMcLean Hospice serves adults of all ages and works with families in the Farmington Valley and surrounding towns of Bloomfield, Burlington, West Hartford and Windsor.  Visit us at www.mcleanhospice.org/about-volunteers