Hospice care is often viewed as a last resort for the dying, which many people avoid until the very end, but the journey through hospice is often transformative for both the patient and their family as featured in this beautiful story about Quiet Oaks.
Every Volunteer Makes a Difference
Become Part of the Quiet Oaks Family
Quiet Oaks Hospice House & Respite Care is a volunteer driven non-profit organization. We could not provide such high level quality of care without the dedicated service of our volunteers. Over 140 people volunteer to create a homelike atmosphere for residents and their families in the remaining days of their lives together. Each volunteer plays an essential role in the Quiet Oaks family and becomes a part of the nurturing team that embraces the hospice resident and their family members.
Quiet Oaks offers individuals an opportunity to share their talents with others through a very unique volunteer experience. Our goal for all volunteers is that they experience a high degree of personal satisfaction and an on-going sense of personal growth. Each receives in-depth training to prepare them for the variety of tasks and the emotional demands of volunteering at Quiet Oaks. During training, you will learn ways to respond with flexibility, compassion, and confidence to the ever-changing needs of the household and its occupants.
What to Expect
Volunteer Training At Quiet Oaks Hospice House.
After completing your application, you will be scheduled for one of our Volunteer Orientation sessions. You will be required to complete a fingerprint/background study so be prepared to provide your driver's license and social security information. We'll supply the training to begin to understand almost everything there is to know about Quiet Oaks.
Typically, you'll then be paired with a "seasoned" volunteers for your first volunteer experience. After this shadowing, you should have a good feel for what being a Quiet Oaks volunteer is all about. You can work with an experienced volunteer as many times as needed for you to feel comfortable.
Our goal is to have a volunteer team that embodies the essence of kindness, compassion, respect and caring. We will do our part as staff members to offer guidance and training in that same atmosphere.
We are always seeking new volunteers in the following areas:
Kitchen and Housekeeping: These volunteers care for residents, families and guests by preparing meals, baking, cleaning, helping with laundry, greeting visitors and offering hospitality.
Resident Care: Volunteers in this area have an opportunity to work directly with the nursing staff, residents and resident families. They assist the nursing staff with resident care and spend time visiting with or reading to the residents, or they may lend a hand with cleaning or laundry tasks for the resident area.
Indoor/Outdoor Maintenance: We are always seeking volunteers to paint, update, garden, keep up the lawn, prune trees, and remove snow. Volunteers may choose to do any of these tasks that most interest them.
Other Volunteer Areas: A wide range of other opportunities exist for people to utilize their unique talents. Volunteers may assist regularly or occasionally with office work, help with the spring and fall cleanup days, providing massage therapy, playing piano or other musical instruments, styling hair or most any other area of interest.