You are not alone. Family caregivers are at the heart of our care. You are part of the team caring for your loved one. Our team also supports you during what can be a difficult time.
While the rewards of caring for someone in a time of need are significant, so are the demands on the caregiver’s body, soul and mind.
Our staff members guide and help you throughout the time your loved one is in our care. We also offer you ongoing support after your loved one has died.
Caregivers receive training from our professional care team to ease the daily tasks of caring for a terminally-ill patient. You will learn about volunteer resources, symptom management, comfort care, proper mechanics of physical assistance, grief support and more.
Our trained volunteers offer additional care to improve the quality of life for our patients and their caregivers.
Patient Care Volunteers provide
- Help with a hobby, letter writing, scrapbooks or other tasks
- Preparation of simple meals
- Transportation to and from appointments
- Running household errands
- Relief breaks for caregivers
- Vigil presence to support patients when they are dying and their families.
Grief Counseling and Support
Before or after a loss, we offer individual bereavement counseling and grief support groups where you can share your feelings, learn how to cope with loss and experience the support of others who share your journey. Some care is free of charge to the families of Hospice by the Bay patients. Community members pay for services a sliding-fee scale.
To inquire about grief counseling
Call (415) 526.5699 (Counties of Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo) or (707) 931.7299 (Sonoma County, City of Napa).