Volunteer Training Program for Hospice

The Cause

Volunteer Training Program Development

Palliative Care Society of the Bow Valley (PCSBV) will use the funds as follows:

Planning and Design of Volunteer Training Program

• Volunteers onboarded and complete screening process
• Identification of the volunteers skills & needs
• Coordination and collaboration with our community partners (Home Care, PCN, FCSS, Canmore Hospital
Volunteer coordinator, Seniors’ Lodge, Origins)
• Home Onsite Hazard Assessment & OHS process
• Volunteer Training Program three day course which includes training by community partners who are experts in
their fields
• Engagement with Stoney Health Centre

Implementation of Program

Volunteer Training (16 Modules) including:
• Non-medical comfort care
• Caregiver fatigue/self-care
• Grief companioning
• OHS training and awareness
• Comprehensive training for social, emotional, spiritual supports

Who Will it Benefit?

The Bow Valley community is home to many diverse socioeconomic groups, however not all have knowledge or access to the supports needed when a life limiting illness is identified. By providing in-home volunteer family support, we strengthen our community and integrate our volunteers into the fabric of the Bow Valley.

• Assist socially isolated residents experiencing a life-limiting illness living in the Bow Valley community. Programs will be delivered in-home to provide direct support where needed (COVID protocol compliant). Clients can be referred to PCSBV or connect directly via public communications (ads, bulletins, newsletter).
• End-of-Life care volunteers will be trained to give clients non-medical comfort care including and not limited to: sitting bedside, sharing stories, crafts, music, reading, providing respite for caregivers.
• PCSBV offers training modules in grief support and caregiver fatigue/self-care for collaborative agencies.
• Grief companioning for those experiencing loss.