"It is a privilege to volunteer at Bethell Hospice; to offer compassion and support to the residents and their families. I enjoy coming to volunteer and I feel part of a wonderful team that truly makes a difference."
Pat, Resident Support Volunteer
I have always believed in the hospice environment and was thrilled when one was being built in my community. Bethell House is a very special place with like-minded people, providing loving care at a difficult time. The house has a very upbeat tempo even though it is such a stressful time in everyone’s lives. The staff and volunteers all hold a compassionate, caring quality in all their duties.
Walking up to my car each week, I feel so blessed and sure cherish the beauty of life. I hope to never need this facility, but sure know where my loved one would be for the best care available. I also feel that I get more out of the volunteering process than it gets out of me; truly rewarding!
Diane, Reception Volunteer
“I undertook volunteer training with community service in mind for two reasons, the first being that I know people with terminal illness wish to remain in their home as long as possible. The second reason is that caregivers deserve a break from their 24hr responsibility.
Although early in my new role of community service for Bethell Hospice, I find it more rewarding than ever imagined! By staying close by as one client undertook the post-chemo treatment flush at home, I learned a whole lot more about the Blue Jays! Interesting as this is for me, the big reward for me was seeing the caregiver happily leave the house to attend Church or join friends for the weekly walk! For another client, it was providing company during bereavement after losing a spouse of 60+ years of marriage.
What do I get out of community service with Bethell Hospice? I get the satisfaction of seeing the look of peace and expectation in the eyes of the caregiver as they leave home to do whatever they want or need to do. It is only a brief window of time for the caregiver, but it helps. For me, it means everything!”
Maurice, In-Home Visiting and Reception Volunteer