"The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy." 

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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
  • 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
  • Personal Death Experiences & Ideas about Death and Dying
  • Understanding Palliative Care
  • The Process of Dying- Mind/Body/Spirit
  1. Infection Control & Safety
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Proper Hand Hygiene Techniques
  • Is it a Cold or Influenza?
  1. Grief & Bereavement
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Finding The Right Words
  1. Advance Care Planning
  • How Do I Do Advance Care Planning?
  1. Illness Specific Information, Pain and Symptom Management, Practical Comfort Measures, & The Challenges of Eating
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Pain Medication

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.