We have roles for volunteers to help out on our in-patient unit supporting our nurses, patients and their families.
Our Inpatient Unit consists of 10 beds and is run by a dedicated professional team of staff including a palliative care consultant, medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, administrators, social workers, complementary therapists and our spiritual care team.
Each patient admitted to our Inpatient Unit is treated with dignity and care, and has access to 24-hour specialist palliative care.
Our catering staff provide a delicious menu of home cooked food and our housekeeping staff ensure the Hospice is clean and tidy every day.
The Hospice also provides a warm welcome for families, friends and carers. We know this is a very difficult time for everyone and we aim to support the whole family
There are several reasons people are referred to us for Inpatient care. Our main aim is to enhance patient’s quality of life, and we’ll do all we can to ensure that they are as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. Around 40% of our patients go home after a stay with us.
We have a mixture of single rooms combined with a 2 bedded ward and these are allocated depending on the individual needs of our patients. Patients may be admitted to our inpatient wards for:
- Control of symptoms, for example pain or nausea/sickness
- Rehabilitation following treatment
- Care in the last days of life
What role do our Inpatient Unit volunteers do?
We have wide variety of roles within our Living Well Centre. Our services include support for 3 days a week for patients attending our Living Well Days. We also run complimentary therapy sessions for both patients and carers. Our bereavement team offer bereavement support both face to face for individuals as well as support through our community bereavement help points. We also have volunteer chaplins as part of our spirtual care team. You will see that we have many varied roles and opportunities listed below. However, if you have a specalist skill and do not see a vacancy below, do feel free to contact our volunteer manager to discuss opportunities with you.
What skills do I need?
To be a volunteer for our Inpatient Unit you do not need any specific skills. However, you will need to be good with people, friendly and approachable.
How much time do I need to give?
For roles within our Inpatient Unit, the hours are flexible but will depend on the roles you are carrying out. We usually ask that you complete at least a 4 hour session on a regular basis, whether this be weekly or fortnightly. This will be outlined in the job description.
Where will I be based?
All roles in our Inpatient Unit are based at the Hospice in Backford.