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Adult, Pediatric and Perinatal Palliative Care

The comprehensive, compassionate palliative care delivered through Notre Dame At Home aims to help patients and families as they endure the difficulties and challenges associated with serious illnesses, life-limiting, and terminal illnesses.

Volunteer

Become an Adult Palliative or Pediatric Palliative (Pedi Pals) Care Volunteer.

Experience the joy that comes from helping others. Notre Dame Palliative Care volunteers provide care to our patients and their families, as well as administrative support to our staff. Notre Dame Health Care welcomes volunteers with all levels of experience and there is no minimum time commitment. Just bring your passion for caring and making a difference!

Volunteers support our program in the following ways:

ADULT PALLIATIVE CARE

Direct Care

Under the guidance and supervision of the Palliative Interdisciplinary Team, many volunteers opt to work directly with our clients in 1:1 or group settings. Opportunities are available for those seeking a different experience as well, including office assistance and more.

  • Visit and provide companionship
  • Specific tasks, prepare meals, run errands, read, or help with household chores
  • Offering a supportive and caring presence to the patient and family
  • Respite for the family
  • Childcare, reading to the patient, playing cards/games
  • Office support such as filing, answering phones, mailings
  • Gardening
  • Massage
  • Crafts
  • Knitting/quilting crocheting

PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE (PEDI PALS)

Our Pediatric Palliative Care Program (Pedi Pals) is looking for kind, compassionate individuals who love to work with children. Our Pedi Pals volunteers can offer both direct and in-direct services.

Direct Care

  • Provide companionship and developmentally appropriate play to alleviate a sense of isolation
  • Enable siblings to receive 1:1 companionship for support, tutoring and socialization
  • Provide caretaker with temporary respite, while caregiver is home
  • Assist with social events

 

Indirect Care

  • Assist with planning, preparing, and implementing social events
  • Assist with administrative needs such as organizing materials, mailings, and files

The Notre Dame Palliative Care volunteer training program offers ongoing education, supervision, and support to ensure the success of everyone involved. Because our volunteers often have so many other commitments, the orientation process is as streamlined as possible. Orientation can be completed as a self-study, online, or within a structured group setting.

Want more information? Contact us.

Debbie Karalus, Volunteer Coordinator

Please return applications via email or mail to:

Notre Dame Hospice
ATTN: Debbie Karalus
555 Plantation St.
Worcester, MA 01605

For more information, or to learn more, please reach out.
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