What is a residential hospice?
What is palliative care?
What is hospice care?
Is there a difference between palliative care, hospice care, and end-of-life care?
What does a palliative doctor do that's different from what my other doctors do?
Questions about Volunteering with Huron Shores Hospice
What does a Huron Shores Hospice Volunteer Do?
Can anyone become a Huron Shores Hospice volunteer?
How do I apply to become a Huron Shores Hospice volunteer?
Why do I have to go through such rigorous screening to become a hospice volunteer?
What kind of training will I receive if I am accepted into Huron Shores Hospice’s volunteer training program?
Is there a fee that I have to pay to attend the hospice volunteer training program?
The fee for the hospice volunteer training course is $40.00. This fee can be reimbursed to volunteers who continue with their volunteer hours after they finish training.
Do I need to have knowledge of death and dying, or have experienced the loss of a family member or friend to be a good hospice volunteer?
Most volunteers have experienced the death of a loved one and want to help others going through that experience. But this is not required; good hospice volunteers will develop this knowledge through training and their natural compassion and desire to help.
How much time per week will I need to volunteer?
After training, our Comfort Care Volunteers, are scheduled for 4 hour shifts in the suite. They can sign up for as many as 3 shifts per week and can schedule around their own personal schedule to make sure the hours work for their lifestyle.
Is the hospice volunteer work emotionally draining?
The work of a hospice volunteer is demanding but rewarding. We strive to make the essential human experience of death and loss less frightening through a holistic approach that enhances people’s dignity, self-worth and sense of connectedness.
As a hospice care volunteer, will I be expected to help with fundraising?
Huron Shores Hospice has several fundraisers throughout the year, and often our volunteers are invited to participate in various ways. Many volunteers enjoy coming out for events such as the Hike for Hospice or Handbags for Hospice and lending their support to these important activities as part of our HSH team but participation is voluntary.
Can I volunteer only for fundraising, special events or administrative work?
Yes, you can contact the office and sign up as a non-palliative care volunteer. These volunteers do not need to attend the volunteer training program.
I'm not sure I'm ready to become a hospice volunteer. Who would I talk with to discuss my suitability?
Our Volunteer Coordinator will be happy to meet with you to discuss your suitability and answer any questions you might have.
Will I have to administer any medications to my clients as a hospice volunteer?
No. Huron Shores Hospice volunteers do not administer medications or perform any nursing duties.
Questions from Residents and Families
Do I need to get a referral for Huron Shores Hospice services from my physician or another health care provider?
Will I have to pay for any of the services I receive from Huron Shores Hospice?
I'm afraid that if I request palliative care services, it means that I have given up, and I will die soon. Does death come sooner when someone starts receiving palliative care?
Does Huron Shores Hospice provide any other community programs?
Does Huron Shores Hospice only provide hospice care support to seniors?
If I agree to palliative care, does that mean I'm "giving up?"
Not at all. The goal of palliative care is to make you comfortable and help you achieve the best possible quality of life. You can have palliative care while you are undergoing treatments that may cure or reverse the effects of your illness. In fact, palliative care can help you cope with aggressive treatments by getting your pain and symptoms under control to help you fight the disease.
How can I find palliative care?
Palliative care can be provided at a hospital, a nursing home, an assisted-living facility, or at home. There are a number of ways to find a doctor who specializes in palliative medicine, including asking your personal doctor to refer you to a palliative doctor or asking your local hospital if they have a palliative specialist.
Could taking pain medicine hasten my death?
Appropriately prescribed medicine will not hasten death. Your palliative doctor has the expertise to devise a medication plan that makes you comfortable and is safe.
How do I know that I'm receiving the most beneficial or appropriate treatment?
Palliative doctors are concerned about you as a whole person. You are not defined by your illness. They understand that people with serious illnesses can be frightened and unsure of themselves when making medical decisions. They also understand that there is not always one right or wrong answer and that your needs and wishes may change over time. Palliative doctors consider all of this when they help you develop your treatment plan.
Questions about Donating
When Will I Get My Tax Receipt?
I Donated Online, Who Will Send Me My Tax Receipt?
Is My Banking And Personal Information Safe?
Yes. All of your information is kept confidential and protected by Huron Shores Hospice policies and procedures.