Hawai‘i Care Choices Seeking Volunteers

February 7, 2018, 10:30 AM HST
* Updated February 7, 10:02 AM
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Hospice of Hilo, now known as Hawai‘i Care Choices, provider of palliative, hospice and bereavement care to East Hawai‘i is looking to add to its volunteer team and will conduct a training session in February for those members of the community interested in giving a few hours a week to uplift others.

New volunteers can choose to provide services like companionship, respite, transportation, light housework, yardwork, or administrative support. “Our greatest need right now is help giving caregivers a break, as well as providing some hands-on patient care,” explained Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida.

Training will cover various topics to prepare volunteers for interactions with patients and families. Topics will include –goals, services and philosophy; confidentiality and protection of patient and family rights; family dynamics, coping mechanisms and psychological issues surrounding illness, death and bereavement.

Training dates are: Thursday, Feb. 22, Friday, Feb. 23rd, and Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 26 and 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interested trainees should go online to to complete an online application and then call Volunteer Manager, Jeanette Mochida at (808) 969-1733 to arrange a quick mandatory pre-training interview no later than Monday, Feb. 19.

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