COHA’s Volunteer Services, the core of our service delivery, is dedicated to providing quality hospice support and services to individuals and their families throughout the Central Okanagan from Peachland to Oyama.
In partnership with Interior Health’s Hospice Palliative Care Program, the Central Okanagan Hospice Association provides psychosocial supports with compassion and sensitivity to individuals living with a life-threatening illness and to their loved ones dealing with end-of-life issues and we are dedicated to meeting those needs through trained volunteers, resources and professional counselling.
Volunteers are the heart of our organization and support is provided through visitation and companionship while at home, Kelowna General Hospital, residential care facilities and the Central Okanagan Hospice House. Often our volunteers are the last hand held, the compassionate hug given, and the kind words spoken. Direct Service Volunteers provide social support, assist with mealtimes, and they provide respite for caregivers.
Direct Service volunteers are required to complete 40 hours of training prior to providing support to clients and their loved ones. Potential volunteers are screened through interviews, references, and criminal record searches prior to training. To learn more about volunteer roles see our What I Can Do page.
In addition to our hospice supports, we offer bereavement supports, adult grief groups, complimentary healing therapies, and have a comprehensive lending library on living until death, and working through grief after loss. We are a non-profit organization and are grateful that we can provide our services for free for persons living within the Central Okanagan.
COHA volunteers are available to individuals wishing to die at home, offering social support and companionship. You can request a Community Companion Volunteer simply by calling Volunteer Services at 250-862-4126 ext. 3639. Requests are made by health care professionals, friends, family and individuals themselves. Before we arrange for a volunteer, the individual and loved ones must agree to receive our services and supports. Volunteers are not always immediately available. COHA Staff will arrange for your introduction to a volunteer as soon as one is available.