What does a hospice volunteer do?
A lot of listening
Provide companionship & emotional support
Respite care for the caregiver
Helpful chores or errands
Coordinate outside resources
Continue contact during bereavement
Volunteers must have completed a very thorough training program to prepare them for hospice work.
There is NO CHARGE for volunteer hospice care. Costs for services are met by memberships, donations, grants and fundraisers.
How can I obtain hospice services?
Referrals to the hospice program may be made by anyone, and acceptance of services is voluntary.
Volunteer assignments are a mutual arrangement between the patient/family and the volunteer. Most hospice work occurs in the home, but it may also take place in a hospital or nursing home.
We have a lending library of books and journals available to the public. Down East Hospice Volunteers conducts educational programs for the communities we serve. Let us know what you are interested in.
How can I become a Hospice volunteer?
Anyone interested in becoming a hospice volunteer first fills out an application and is interviewed. After acceptance, you must complete an extensive training program. Down East Hospice Volunteers conducts these training programs free of charge. Contact us if you would like an application, or download one here.
Please see our calendar for the next training class or call (207)-454-7521 ext. 126 for more information.
Cancer Support & Resource Meetings
If you currently have a cancer diagnosis or are providing help and emotional support for someone with a cancer diagnosis - you are invited to come to these meetings to get support and to learn about cancer resources available in the community. Confidential and Free. See our calendar for the next meeting. Light refreshments served.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
To make a contribution, please make checks payable to
"Down East Hospice Volunteers" and return to:
Down East Hospice Volunteers
Calais Regional Hospital
24 Hospital Lane
Calais, ME 04619
Individual member ($10)
Memorial Gift (specify "in memory of _________")
Down East Hospice Volunteers is a 501(c)(3)
All donations are tax-deductible.