For Volunteers

Volunteers are vital members of the palliative care team. The Canadian Virtual Hospice recognizes that palliative care volunteers spend their time supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The dedication and support shown by volunteers is one reason palliative care is so widely regarded as compassionate care.

For Volunteers is intended for volunteers and volunteer managers to showcase and share valuable resource material so that we may benefit from each other’s experiences. 
 

Manager Resources
Integrating a Palliative Approach: Essentials for Personal Support Workers- Textbook
This textbook is written specifically for personal support workers, healthcare assistants, nurse’s aides, community support... read more...
Internet-based Education on End-Of-Life Issues
The American Psychological Association (APA) and its collaborator, eNURSING llc, is very pleased and proud to present a new... read more...
Life and Death Matters (Education Resources)
Free online educational resources - podcasts, powerpoint presentations, an instructors's manual, and many more resources... read more...
LivingMyCulture.ca
LivingMyCulture. ca shares the lived experience of sixty-four people from eleven cultures. Stories about traditions, rituals... read more...
Managing Aggressive Behavior; Helping Volunteers to Understand Patient Needs
Patients expressing aggressive behavior can be a challenge. This video/DVD helps to show volunteers how to recognize aggression,... read more...
MyGrief.ca
MyGrief. ca is an online resource to help people work through their grief from the comfort of their own home, at their own... read more...
A New Way to Understand Flow and Anxiety and States In Between for Hospice Palliative Care Volunteers
Written by David Pike, a volunteer at Calgary's Agape Hospice, this article highlights a new way for volunteers to understand... read more...
Organizing a Small Hospice Resources Library
Anna Henshaw and Hospice of Windsor & Essex County Inc. have created this book to help others develop hospice resources libraries. read more...
Positive Communication- The Open Dementia Programme
These 20-30 minute modules of the Open Dementia e-Learning Programme are designed for anyone who has contact with someone... read more...
Practical Thoughts, Tips & Questions to Enhance Psychosocial Care
Practical thoughts and tips to enhance psychosocial care offered by all members of the inter-disciplinary team in end-of-life... read more...
Volunteer Resources
NewThe Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit
The Compassionate Community Startup Toolkit will equip you with essential information about the Compassionate Community framework... read more...
GetPalliativeCare.org
Getpalliativecare. org is an American website which provides  palliative care information for people coping with serious,... read more...
Hospice Palliative Care and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in Canada: How will they co-exist?
With all of the media coverage and polarized opinions surrounding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), patients need to know... read more...
NewHow to Be an Even Better Listener: A Practical Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteers
Using a combination of compelling vignettes and reflective exercises, Robert Mundle provides readers with practical strategies... read more...

For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact your local or provincial palliative care office.

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