It’s the little things we do that can make the biggest impact on the lives of others. If you are looking to bring new meaning to your free time, you can make a difference by volunteering at the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. Share your skills and talents with our hospice patients, their families, and caregivers through a variety of volunteer opportunities, and the life you change may be your own.
The hospice volunteer training process typically takes about a month or two from interviewing, completing an application, and participating in classes. We recommend waiting 12 months before applying if you have recently experienced the death of a loved one.
There are many opportunities to share your skills and talents as a volunteer to support hospice patients, their family, and caregivers. Opportunities include: musical interactions, pet therapy, companionship, bereavement/grief support, office support.
Volunteers who work directly with patients are considered part of the care team and typically work independently. It is important that direct volunteers feel comfortable making visits independently and are dependable and responsible.
Volunteers support patients living in our service area which includes West Hartford, Bloomfield and all towns in the Farmington Valley. We care for patients wherever they call home, including private homes, assisted living centers, skilled nursing homes and group homes.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to make a big difference. Consider volunteering and enjoy the many personal benefits derived from helping others. If interested, please contact Pam Gordon, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at 860-651-3539.
The Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association is located at 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, providing care of the recently discharged or sick, rehabilitative, community, palliative, and hospice care. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving the greater Farmington Valley area since 1908. More information is on the website at farmingtonvalleyvna.org