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Free Volunteer Hospice Training by VITAS

March 29, 2010

You are invited to come learn what it means to be a hospice volunteer and how you can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families in end of life care.

Topics covered are hospice regulations, palliative care, ethics and advance directives, psychosocial needs and family dynamics, grief and loss, spirituality, and communication skills.

Saturday April 17,2010

10am – 5pm

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

39899 Balentine Drive Suite 161, Newark, CA 94560 (map)

Lunch will be provided

Hosted by: Renee Berry

Volunteer Services Manager

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

San Francisco Bay Area

phone: 510.413.5243

fax: 510.360.4816

Please contact Renee Berry to sign up for this free training. 

I hope to see you there.

Love and Light,

Reverend Felecia Mulvany D.D.

UCM Degree Program Administrator


Volunteers in Hospice

A Proud Tradition at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

Many prospective hospice volunteers ask about the origin of the formal role of volunteers in hospice organizations. Some even ask as to how or why an organization such as VITAS comes to utilize volunteers in providing hospice care in the communities we’re privileged to serve.

Like most hospice agencies whose founding dates to the earliest days of the hospice movement, VITAS began as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. But early in its existence, VITAS found that, as a non-profit, it didn’t have access to the capital that it needed to expand its capability to care for a growing number of the terminally ill. For-profit status has allowed VITAS to access capital for projects that have enhanced care for the terminally ill everywhere.

As for the role of volunteers in hospice, VITAS, in fact, is in large part responsible for the unique role volunteers play in the delivery of hospice care nationwide.

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of volunteers in Miami began caring for an extraordinary woman, Emmy Philhour, who was dying of cancer. Emmy taught VITAS’ founders much about caring for the terminally ill. The lessons VITAS learned from Emmy are at the heart of VITAS and the Innovative Hospice Care® we provide today.

One thing we learned from Emmy and those patients VITAS cared for in its first years was the invaluable role that volunteers can play in enhancing compassionate end-of-life care.

When VITAS’ founders began to work with elected officials to create the first state and national hospice licensing laws, they specifically included volunteers in defining the interdisciplinary team of hospice caregivers. When the hospice benefit was added to Medicare more than 20 years ago, VITAS advocated that Medicare-certified hospice providers ensure that volunteer hours would equal at least 5 percent of the total patient care hours provided.

These requirements apply to ALL Medicare-certified hospice providers public or private, secular or faith-based, for-profit or non-profit.

VITAS is proud of the role its volunteers serve in providing quality hospice care; it is one of the many things that makes hospice unique in the world of healthcare. Volunteers enhance, expand, energize the services that professional caregivers offer to hospice patients and their families by establishing meaningful relationships, listening, supporting, caring.