Volunteer Visitor Services are designed to offer practical and emotional support to individuals living with a progressive life-threatening illness in their own home. Individuals are eligible for this service if they have been given a prognosis of less than one year. These services may include but are not limited to:
- Companionship – play cards, scrabble, or just chat over a cup of tea
- Caregiver relief – spending time with a client while the caregiver takes a break
- Simple comfort measures – playing music, painting and creating art, or other soothing activities
Hospice Orillia is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination where all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, can contribute fully, and have equal opportunities.
“Home” is defined as wherever the person resides, whether that be their own house or apartment, a long-term care facility or retirement home.
Volunteers are extensively trained and screened in accordance with the standards of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.
“The volunteers and staff are well trained and prepared. Our volunteer is very supportive of me and my family”
“I had a wonderful pairing with my volunteer. I introduce her as my friend. She has helped in many ways and with difficult decisions. She is also there for my family.”
For more information, contact Daniela Accomando, Volunteer Coordinator, Community Social Worker, via email or by calling 705-325-0505 Ext. 118. or Stefanie Collins, Community Social Worker, via email or by calling 705-325-0505 ext. 211. Alternatively, you can complete the online referral form or download and complete the referral form here.