Volunteer support since 1984
Volunteer support has been an integral part of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s services for years.
The program is widely recognized as one of the most extensive, non-profit, home health care volunteer programs in Maine.
Photo Caption: The recent graduating Hospice Volunteer Training class from January, 2016.
Our Volunteer Program began in 1984 when the Hospice program began. Hospice volunteers fulfill a vital role on the hospice team. They are carefully matched with hospice patients and provide companionship and respite while the patient remains in our care. Volunteers typically spends 2-4 hours per week caring for their patient. Hospice Volunteers visit with patients in the home, nursing facilities and at the Hospice House. Following the death, bereavement support is offered and bereavement volunteers make calls to reach out to loved ones, provide one-on-one support and co-facilitate support groups.
In 1990, the visiting volunteer program began. Visiting volunteers help to fill the patient’s needs, making it possible for them to stay home during their time of healing which greatly improves patient recovery outcomes. They provide medication pick-up, grocery shopping and transportation.
Today, our volunteer program has over 244 volunteers. In 2015, volunteers were matched with 554 patients residing in private homes and nursing facilities. “We could not do all we do without our volunteers”, stated Kathy Baillargeon, AHCH Volunteer Supervisor. “They have enabled us to add many new programs over the years to help us better serve our patients and families. They are truly amazing individuals, and I feel very fortunate to work with them all.”
Some of our volunteer driven programs include a vigil team who are called upon to sit with a patient in the final days of life when they do not have family close by. We have our Forget-Me-Not program to help serve those patients with Alzheimer’s. In 2014, we launched two new initiatives: the Veteran to Veteran volunteer initiative which matches Veteran patients with volunteers who have military experience and a Tuck-In calling initiative – a team of volunteers make weekly phone calls on Thursday mornings to every hospice patient receiving care at home to assure they have all they need to get through the weekend.
We are always looking for more volunteers to help meet our many needs. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Kathy Baillargeon, Volunteer Supervisor, at 207.777.7740, ext. 1286. We ask volunteers to commit to just 2-4 hours per week. Please consider joining our team of volunteers. You too can make a difference in someone’s life.
For a list of upcoming training classes, please view our Calendar.