Volunteer with SHS
Stettler Hospice Society volunteers will be at the heart everything we do and will provide an invaluable service to the community. Become a member with us and discover a special kind of joy that comes from helping those who need it most. We are always looking for help with our events and fundraisers and other odd jobs to help support our local families.
If you are interested in hands-on volunteering (patient or family contact), an Alberta Health Services (AHS) Volunteer Coordinator, will be responsible for guiding you through the process of training and certification, which is necessary to ensure that government standards of safety and care are upheld for our hospice patients. Volunteers in differing levels of care will be welcome, from professional caregivers to those who have no prior experience. Please see below for more information.
Required Training for Hands-On Volunteers
Hands on volunteers will be required to have a Criminal Record Check. They will also be required to take two mandatory AHS approved courses offered at no cost. These are PEOLC - Palliative and End of Life Care and NODA - No One Dies Alone. Mealtime Assistance is an optional course. We will be adding more information at a later time.
These quality workshop consists of 8 modules led by experts in the field of palliative and end of life care. Some topics include how to effectively support the palliative individual and their family, general understanding of medical care involved in palliative care, understanding grief and bereavement experienced after death and recognizing the importance of self-awareness and self-care. If you are interested in becoming a palliative care volunteer, this course is mandatory to take before volunteering in palliative
care, and before the No One Dies Alone course NODA.
This training is open to any registered volunteer with Alberta Health Services free of cost.
WHAT IS PEOLC?
Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients and families facing the problems associated with a life-
limiting and/or life-threatening illness through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments and appropriate interventions.
Palliative End-of-life-care is care provided to patients and their families when they are approaching a period of time closer to
death, which may be exemplified by an intensification of inter-disciplinary services and assessments such as anticipatory
grief support, and pain and symptom management.
PEOLC is both a philosophy and an approach to care that enables all individuals with a life-limiting and/or life-
threatening illness to receive integrated and coordinated care across the continuum. This care incorporates patient and
family values, preferences and goals of care, and spans the disease process from early diagnosis to end of life, including
bereavement. (AHS site)
Please call Nancy Bauman at 403-741-6179 for more information.