Yolo Hospice seeks volunteers from the community to give their time to others in need of companionship and support. Yolo Hospice has been serving patients in Yolo, Sacramento, Sutter, Solano and Colusa counties for 30 years and volunteers are a critical part of the service team.
Yolo Hospice patient care volunteers work as part of a team of professionals that provide sophisticated nursing care, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Patient care volunteers provide companionship to patients, which may include reading, writing letters, running errands or simply sitting with a patient.
“Though patient care volunteers largely provide companionship to patients, their time and attention can have a profound effect on the lives of patients and their loved ones,” said Anne-Marie Flynn, volunteer services manager at Yolo Hospice.
“The volunteer training program is an invaluable aid to the volunteers in understanding their role and the difference they can make in the patient’s life.”
All prospective volunteers take a training course, which gives them the skills, understanding and confidence to be a patient care volunteer for Yolo Hospice. Training is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays, July 20, 21, 27 and 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Davis. Advance registration is required as space fills quickly. The cost is $40. Trainings are held throughout the year, but this is the only one to be offered west of Sacramento this year.
To register, download the registration form online at www.yolohospice.org/volunteer.php. For more information, visit www.yolohospice.org, or call Flynn, Yolo Hospice volunteer services manager, at (800) 491-7711 or (530) 601-5754.