Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island Hosts
Open House In Wakefield Office
To Highlight Volunteer Opportunities

PROVIDENCE, RI – October 13, 2009 Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHPCRI), Rhode Island’s leader in hospice and palliative care for more than three decades, is holding an open house on Tuesday, November 10, from 10 to 11:30 am, in its Wakefield office, 143 Main Street, to promote and recruit volunteers for its Volunteer Program.

The Open House will feature displays and information about volunteer opportunities and will give individuals the opportunity to speak one on one with hospice volunteers and staff. Refreshments and raffle prizes will also be available.

“Volunteers are an integral part of the work Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island does in bringing comfort and support to people nearing the end of life and to their families,” states Bobbi Wexler, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island’s Volunteer Program Manager. “Currently, we are looking for individuals who are interested in assisting patients and families with the daily challenges of living with a life-threatening illness.”

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island volunteers serve patients in homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospitals and in the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center.

The following activities are some of the ways you can help:

  • Reading to a patient or just listening
  • Providing transportation for a patient or family member
  • Staying with a patient while a family member takes a needed break or keeps an appointment
  • Shopping or doing errands for a patient
  • Helping patients write a journal
  • Watching television or a movie together
  • Being present

To ensure that volunteers are prepared to handle the challenges associated with serious illness, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island provides a training program that covers topics such as HIPAA compliance and confidentiality, standard precautions, communication skills for sensitive circumstances and volunteer roles and documentation. It’s an 8-hour training session. Volunteers who have experienced a significant loss are encouraged to wait a year before going through the training. Federal regulations require that volunteers be screened for tuberculosis and to provide an immunization history.

For more information, call Bobbi Wexler at 415-4260.