Community Hospice Visiting Program

Compassionate and trained volunteers provide emotional, social, spiritual, practical and respite support for clients and their families.

COHA’s specially trained volunteers are compassionate to the unique circumstances and needs on one’s journey through serious illness, frailty and end-of-life. Whether for self, a family member or neighbor, visiting volunteers provide compassionate support and companionship. With their listening ears, warm smiles, and caring touch, our volunteers will participate in favorite activities, read, go for a walk, journal, play a game, or watch a show. Volunteers are simply a neutral and non-judgmental presence as they provide practical and emotional support to you and your family during the difficult transitions that accompany a serious illness or frailty.

Visiting volunteers also provide a comforting and reassuring presence for family caregivers. When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness life will change. Family members and friends often become caregivers. Such change can become all consuming and may challenge our family roles, responsibilities, and resources. As a caregiver it is normal to feel worried and uncertain regarding these changes and to grieve the loss associated with such. . Not knowing where to turn for help or how to prioritize one’s own well-being may leave family caregivers feeling anxious and alone. COHA visiting volunteers are shown to promote coping, build confidence and foster hope as they support family caregivers during a loved one’s illness, end-of-life, or death at home.

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Community visiting is a gift of time and those who experience this gift comment on the relief and goodness that volunteers bring to each life and situation. Visiting volunteers are available at all care settings, home, hospital, long-term care, and hospice house.

Anyone can make a referral to our Community Hospice Visiting program. Please contact Bonnie Pontalti, Community Services Coordinator at 250.763.5511 for more information.

During this pandemic our visiting volunteers continue to provide telephone and virtual supports. COHA continues to take the direction from the Province and Medical Officer to extend the parameters in which we can offer this program at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we protect everyone’s health and the safety together.

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There are many ways to get involved to help the dying, grieving and their loved ones in the Central Okanagan.