Volunteers are special people and we want to ensure you are well-prepared.

I have been a patient care volunteer with Hospice by the Bay (HBTB) for four years. I have volunteered with a few other organizations, and I found the training and ongoing support provided to volunteers by HBTB to be far superior to anything I found elsewhere. The staff is so professional, conscientious and dedicated. The transdisciplinary team approach keeps everyone informed and allows service to patients to be seamless. Working with HBTB has been and will continue to be one of the most rewarding activities of my life.

Training for Patient & Family Support Volunteers

Our Patient and Family Support care volunteers attend a comprehensive, 30-hour training. Upcoming dates are listed below.

Marin County Fall Training:
Self-paced online training begins Oct. 14; classroom training is Oct. 28, Nov. 6, 13.
Applications due Oct. 1, 2017.

San Francisco Fall Training:
Self-paced online training begins Oct. 14; classroom training is Oct. 28, Nov. 6, 18.
Applications due Oct. 1, 2017.

Sonoma County Fall Training:
Self-paced online training begins Sept. 1; classroom training is Sept. 15, 25, Oct. 9.
Applications due Sept. 1, 2017.
Note:  For this training, we are especially seeking volunteers who can assist patients and families in northern Sonoma and Vallejo.

Click here for Patient & Family Support Volunteer Training/Orientation Requirements

Training topics include:
  • Hospice history and philosophy
  • Hospice team and services
  • Volunteer role and boundaries
  • Communication skills with terminally ill patients and their families
  • Disease process, symptom management and the active dying process
  • Psychosocial issues and family dynamics
  • Comfort care, physical assistance training and body mechanics
  • Spiritual issues in hospice work
  • Grief and loss in hospice work
  • If you are assigned to volunteer at a nursing home, residential care facility or hospital, we’ll cover additional topics, including policies and procedures, performance standards, assignment procedures, documentation and personnel forms. A TB skin test is required.
Commitment to Service

We appreciate the dedication and commitment of our Patient and Family Support volunteers. To provide consistent service to them, we ask that volunteers commit to the following:

  • A minimum of one year of regular weekly service
  • Approximately two to four hours per week
  • Attend three to four support meetings or education in-service programs
  • Participate in one annual review (mandatory)

Training for Organizational Support Volunteers
  • Attend a 2 1/2 hour orientation to the agency.
  • Volunteers also receive additional on-site training specific to their task.

Training for Camp Erin Volunteers

Details on the Camp Erin page.


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