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Volunteer Services Update
As we continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19, and as a measure of precaution and prevention from potential exposures, all volunteer services across Valley Health System have been temporarily suspended.
At this time, we will not be moving forward with any program acceptances. For those of you who have already attended information sessions and received acceptance into any of our volunteer programs, please understand that we will have spots for you when we are able to bring you back on board!
This notice will be updated once the temporary suspension is lifted. Please continue to exercise good judgment and practice safe and healthy behaviors to keep you and your families in good health!
Valley Home Care and Valley Hospice volunteers provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to ill and homebound patients receiving home care and hospice services. They are an important component of our programs and valued by staff, patients and family members alike.
Valley’s Hospice and Palliative Care program offers volunteer services for patients and families. Volunteers provide friendly visits to those who have a life-limiting condition (with a prognosis of six months or less) and are no longer seeking curative treatment for their diagnosis.
Home Care Volunteer
Valley Home Care volunteers provide friendly visits to homebound and ill patients and provide family members with respite care. These patients are in our community and in need of a special visitor to brighten their day.
Maternal and Child Health Volunteer
Maternal and Child Health volunteers provide support to mothers and their children. They can assist mothers of multiples, with various child duties. Volunteers are often asked to change diapers, do feedings or play with other children in the household. Must love babies and children.
The Valley Butterflies service is for children who have a life-threatening or progressive life-limiting illness. Patients in the Butterflies program may utilize both hospice and home care services. Volunteers provide friendly visits to patients and respite to their siblings, parents or guardians. Must love babies and children.
Pet Therapy Volunteer
Pet Therapy volunteers and their four-legged friends visit patients and families. All of our dogs have been trained to visit home care and/or hospice patients and families. We only accept dog volunteers at this time.
Bereavement volunteers provide support to those who have lost a loved one while on our service. These volunteers can either visit families at their homes or help facilitate one of our bereavement support groups.
Volunteers can donate their talents by knitting and crocheting blankets for patients; creating a memories blanket for families; or co-facilitating our Pediatric Art Therapy Program for groups of children.
Volunteers who would prefer not to interact with patients and families can still help out at the Valley Home Care and Hospice office. Office volunteers assist with mailings, assembling packets given to our patients and families, answering phone calls, filing and other various duties.
End-of-Life Doula Volunteer
Valley Hospice offers a unique End-of-Life Doula Program that connects specially trained volunteers with patients to determine patients’ wishes for the end of their lives; they also provide a compassionate presence when families may need the most support. They provide emotional, physical and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones.
In addition to meeting the minimal requirements of all Valley Health System volunteers, home care and hospice volunteers must:
- Commit to at least one year of service and complete 30 hours a year of volunteer time
- Complete a Volunteer Form and a physical form from Valley’s Employee Health Office (call Employee Health for an appointment, or for any questions, at 201-291-6430)
- Complete a mandatory training class (sessions take place in April, October and January)
- Attend mandatory Valley Home Care and Hospice volunteer meetings and complete annual education requirements
- Have access to a computer and email account (visiting volunteers are required to record their time in a Valley email/calendar account)