Hospice of SLO County offering training for two fall volunteer programs
Community members needed as in-home hospice and Pet Peace of Mind volunteers
– Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) is holding sessions to train community members for two of their core volunteer programs. They are looking for individuals to serve as in-home volunteers or to assist with their Pet Peace of Mind program.
Participants 18 and older are welcome, and no professional training is required for either program. Rather, Hospice SLO County seeks volunteers with a compassionate heart, open-mindedness and a healthy perspective on grief and loss.
In-home volunteer training will be held on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 and 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Training will take place at the Sands Inn & Suites at 1930 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo.
In-home volunteers provide companionship, respite care, transportation, emotional support, practical assistance and comfort to individuals who are coping with a life-limiting illness. Volunteers must be able to attend all five training sessions and commit to up to four hours per week for a minimum of one year.
Pet Peace of Mind training will take place on Friday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. – noon and Saturday, Oct. 15 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 1304 Pacific Street in San Luis Obispo. Hospice SLO County’s Pet Peace of Mind program is designed to assist hospice clients and their families with the care of their pets. This ensures that clients can complete their end-of-life journey with the comfort and companionship of their pet, and have the assurance that their animal will find a safe and loving home when they can no longer be with them. Pet Peace of Mind volunteers perform tasks such as daily care, walks, vet trips, errands for supplies, grooming and fostering pets. Individuals must be able to attend both training sessions.
Volunteering with Hospice SLO County offers participants the unique opportunity to care for others in a non-traditional way. Walking with a fellow community member through their end-of-life journey is not only an invaluable support to that person and his or her family, but a life-changing experience for the volunteer. Hospice SLO County volunteers have shared that their experiences provided them with a broader perspective on life and death, as well as the comforting knowledge that their time made a difference in the life of another person.
To register for either program, call Hospice SLO County at (805) 544-2266 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hslo-in-home-volunteer-training-tickets-28016579343 for in-house hospice training and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hslo-pet-peace-of-mind-training-tickets-28015183167 for Pet Peace of Mind training.