Training and Education

All volunteers who provide direct patient and family assistance are required to take a 30-hour Palliative Care Training course. The sessions are offered over 4 days, in the fall as needed. Volunteers must also submit a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check, Registration Form and 2 personal references.

For more information on becoming a volunteer call 613-756-3045 ext.  350
Click here to fill out a Volunteer Registration Form

2020 In-class volunteer training postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We offer on-line training as an option for new volunteer applicants to complete the required training at home.  Contact our office for details.

In-Class Training Topics include:

  1. Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care & The History of Hospice Palliative Care
  1. The Art and Skill of Sensitive Communication, Emotional and Psychological Issues of Dying and Death, & Recognizing Signs of Imminent Death and Providing Care
  1. Infection Control & Safety
  1. Grief & Bereavement
  1. Advance Care Planning
  1. Illness Specific Information, Pain and Symptom Management, Practical Comfort Measures, & The Challenges of Eating

7.  Facility Orientation, LTC and Hospital

Volunteer Touch Base Sessions (on hold due to Covid 19 precautions)

"Touch Base" meetings are held for volunteers to gather socially, remember those we have served, ask questions, address concerns and receive additional education and support.  The meetings keep volunteers well informed with what is happening within the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care program.