Comfort, Care, Compassion: bringing residential hospice care to Durham Region

There is an undeniable need for palliative care in Durham Region – help us bring residential hospice care to our community!

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Once constructed, both Durham Region Hospice – Whitby and Durham Region Hospice – Clarington will need volunteers to help care for residents and to support their family members. At Durham Region Hospice we feel strongly that volunteers are a cornerstone of the hospice residence team and recognize that volunteer support can mean the world to an individual with a palliative care diagnosis.

Volunteers will be screened by staff, required to provide references, and must undergo a Vulnerable Sector Check Individuals interested in working directly with residents will be required to take a Fundamentals of Palliative Care course, which will be offered free of charge.

Volunteers will provide support in numerous capacities including:

  • Providing comfort measures such as hand and foot massage and helping with position changes.
  • Offering companionship including simply listening to or sitting with both residents and family members as they journey through this difficult transition.
  • Assisting with transportation, shopping and kitchen duties.
  • Gardening and grounds keeping.
  • Light housekeeping duties.

More information about how to get involved as a volunteer will be available once construction is underway.

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