Volunteers are the life-blood of Connecticut Hospice. Hospice care relies on an interdisciplinary team approach of care-giving. Volunteers are needed in many different areas at Connecticut Hospice. See how you can help.
The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. is recognized internationally as a health care provider that originated hospice care in America in 1974 providing compassionate and expert care to patients and their families coping with an irreversible illness. Care is provided by a team of professionals from various disciplines, including medical, spiritual care, social work, dietary, the arts and pharmacy. Volunteers are an important part of this interdisciplinary team and have been widely recognized for their work.
We offer speakers who will come and speak to your group/organization regarding hospice care in general and in detail. If you are interested in a speaker please contact Joan Cullen at (203)315-7510 or email@example.com
Director of Volunteer Services
We thank our dedicated and skilled volunteers for all they do. Pat Corradino, our Director of Volunteers for 13 years, and a
30 year veteran of the first Hospice in America, has recently stepped down.
Newly appointed as her successor is Joan Cullen, M.A. Joan came to The Connecticut Hospice in 2008 and prior to her new appointment held the position of Support Services Manager.
Volunteer opportunities arise continually, and Joan looks forward to making your acquaintance.
Contact: Joan Cullen
Connecticut Hospice is recognized internationally as a not-for-profit healthcare provider that originated hospice care in America with volunteers. For more than a quarter century Connecticut Hospice staff and volunteers have provided "around the clock" compassionate and expert care to patients and their families coping with an irreversible illness.
American hospice care began with a home care program in New Haven in 1974, and when the needs of patients could no longer be met solely through home care, Connecticut Hospice opened the nation's first hospice hospital in Branford, Connecticut in 1980. Today volunteers work alongside Connecticut Hospice staff members continuing to provide palliative care in Connecticut Hospice's premier hospital in Branford, and in homes across Connecticut.
As a teaching and research institution under the John D. Thompson Hospice Institute, Connecticut Hospice shares its principles of palliative care with both professional and lay communities. Volunteers provide community outreach via the Institute's Speakers Bureau bringing an overview of Connecticut Hospice's healthcare programs to various civic groups throughout the year.
Hospice care relies on an interdisciplinary team approach of caregiving. A skilled team of staff and volunteers cater to the control of medical, social, psychological and spiritual symptoms of the patient and family. Volunteers bring comfort to patients and their families through their work in various areas such as medical care, pastoral care, social work, dietary, the arts, and bereavement.
Volunteers interact with patients and family members of all ages - infants, children, young adults and the elderly. There are volunteer opportunities to comfort, attend to, share a laugh, reassure, do something creative, treasure a memory, or spend quite time at a patient's bedside - just being there so a patient never feels alone.
While hospice care is now recognized by major insurance plans, no one is turned away for lack of money. Contributions and a strong, well-trained and dedicated volunteer force help defray costs necessary to provide hospice care of the highest quality. Connecticut Hospice could not provide the level of hospice care it is known for without its volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers support and enhance hospice services provided by paid staff. Our volunteers are well known for their work, and have received national acclaim including a presidential award, under the 1,000 Points of Light Program.
Connecticut Hospice volunteers themselves are a diverse and talented group. They include professionals from many areas, homemakers, retirees, and students. Connecticut Hospice works with local colleges to coordinate volunteerism with various community action programs. In addition to junior and senior high school and college levels, even grade school children "volunteer" for special projects like sending holiday cards and singing to patients and families.
Volunteer work is varied. No task is too big or too small. As patient and families needs change, so do volunteer opportunities. We make every effort to match your interests and talents with the needs of our patients and families. Connecticut Hospice defines the value of volunteerism by the comfort of our patients and families.
All new volunteers attend orientation and training with ongoing support from our staff and experienced volunteers. While we ask for a minimum 4 hour weekly commitment, we are flexible to meet your scheduling needs. Also, we can work with you or your organization for special one-time volunteer projects such as fund-raising or a holiday event.
Volunteers come specifically to Connecticut Hospice for different reasons. Some remember a friend or family member who received hospice care and others want to explore new life experiences. Most volunteers express a desire to "give back" for a kindness they experienced within their lives. In addition, nearly all volunteers express that they find their reward in the privilege of serving others.
If you or someone you know is looking for an opportunity to serve others in your community, we would like to hear from you. Our patients and families are in need of your care and support. As a CONNECTICUT HOSPICE VOLUNTEER, you can fill your hours (weekdays/evenings or weekends) by assisting in an administrative capacity or offering direct care as a friendly visitor, provide pastoral or bereavement care, help in the arts or meet transportation needs.
For more information please call Joan Cullen, Director of Volunteer Services at 203-315-7510. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INPATIENT AND HOMECARE
Assisting with physical and emotional needs of patients and their families through hands-on care in both the inpatient and homecare setting.
Caring for infants and children and their families
Spending quiet time with a patient. Just being bedside with a patient when loved ones can't.
Assisting patients during meals, visiting with patients and families, replenishing supplies, and caring for patients' general needs.
Providing spiritual comfort to patients and their families.
Providing spiritual comfort to patients and their families.
Sharing art forms and music.
Securing resources for continued quality care.
Reaching out and offering telephone support to families.
Facilitating bereavement support groups
Reconnecting with man's best friend
Furnishing travel assistance.
Attending to the comfort of visitors during their stay at Hospice.
Greeting families and visitors, showing them to patients' rooms.
Beautifying indoor and outdoor environments.
Informing and educating the community about our Hospice programs.
Cleaning, fixing, and maintaining property.
Providing valuable secretarial services.
Coordinating staff and public information.
Helping serve meals.
Tending our beautiful grounds along Long Island Sound.
Supporting complementary therapy for stress reduction and pain management.
Transporting visitors from their cars to loved ones.
Clerical help is needed at the Branford, Shelton, Norwalk and Wallingford
offices helping with general office duties.
Volunteers are needed to help with:
- Transportation for Home Care patients to their medical appoinments
- Transportation for family members to visit with patient at Hospice
- Transport supplies and messages to satellite offices on a regular basis
Both at the Inpatient facility along with Home Care needs in Branford, Shelton, Norwalk and Wallingford
For more information regarding volunteering please call Joan Cullen,
Director of Volunteers at 203-315-7510 or
1-800-8-HOSPICE ext. 510.
Experienced support group facilitators are needed at the Branford location. Group leaders must have evening availability. Contact the Bereavement Department at 203-315-7544.