Palliative Care Volunteer Training Program

 

Lessons for Living. A Training for Life.

Seniors at Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, provides support to older adults and people of all ages who have a serious or chronic illness, or are at the end of their lives. Our Palliative Care service helps people remain in their homes as long as possible and provides them with the information, care, and services that they need.

Our community of specially trained Palliative Care Volunteers is a key part of these services, playing a vital role in the lives of JFCS’ Seniors At Home clients and their families.

As a Palliative Care Volunteer, you will:

  • Provide supportive volunteer services to people in need—from simply sitting at a bedside quietly to sharing tea and a story to running an errand or making a meal.
  • Provide respite for family members in need of a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.
  • Become part of a community of volunteers and clinicians dedicated to attending to people of all ages with serious illness and those who are at the end of life.
  • Gain skills and knowledge necessary to provide compassionate service to clients of JFCS’ Seniors At Home as well as to your own friends, neighbors and loved ones.
  • Gain valuable insights about life and death

To become a Palliative Care Volunteer, you’ll need:

  • An open heart and mind
  • A willingness to explore your own mortality
  • The ability to show up, be present and communicate clearly
  • To commit to 4 – 8 hours/month as a volunteer
  • To commit to monthly support group/educational sessions with our Palliative Care community for one year following training

 

“I’m so grateful that I can help another human being, just by being with them.”

 

Upcoming Trainings

All trainings are postponed due to the shelter-in-place directive and in order to protect the health of our community. Check back after coronavirus health measures have been lifted.

How the Training Works

Our Palliative Care Volunteer Training sessions take place over two full Sundays. We require that you make a commitment to the full training. All training sessions are at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post Street, San Francisco. Food will be provided.

The fee for this training is $180. Scholarships are available for anyone who intends to volunteer.

Volunteering

After training, you are matched with an individual living in your local area. Your visits will be weekly for 1 – 2 hours, based on need and availability.

Bi-Monthly volunteer meetings: New volunteers are required to attend our bi-monthly volunteer meetings during their first year in the program. These meetings provide continuing education and support in the context of our larger Palliative Care volunteer community.

How to Apply

All trainings are postponed due to the shelter-in-place directive and in order to protect the health of our community. Check back after coronavirus health measures have been lifted.

With any questions about the training program or the application process, please contact Rabbi Daniel Isaacson at [email protected].

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