I have found it deeply gratifying to have been a Patient Care Volunteer with this organization since 1987. At that time I thought my preparation for the role was thorough; and since then, regular in-service trainings have ensured that my knowledge and skills are up-to-date. Not only have there been advances in end-of-life care, but options available to Volunteers have expanded.
It has been a privilege to be affiliated with HBTB, as a recognized and respected member of the team. From gratitude expressed by families and sometimes patients, themselves, I know that I am appreciated. My life has been immeasurably enriched.
The most fundamentally life-changing aspect of becoming a patient-care volunteer of HBTB was the ability to foster a deep connection to the present. Only when one is truly present with a patient can we recognize and appreciate all of life's gifts. It's such an honor and privilege to work with both the HBTB staff and patients.
Just being trained as a volunteer was a moving experience at HBTB. The level of commitment, thoughtfulness, and compassion were through the roof. And it's continued like that. I feel so taken care of even as I get the opportunities to care for others. I believe hospice is a great concept, and HBTB is a great example of that concept in action.
A wonderful organization! The staff are incredible and well supported by management. They are professional, dedicated and described as angels. I have never worked for an organization that cares some much about the happiness of their employees. In addition, the friends and families of the patients we serve are so appreciated, it feels so rewarding going to work every day. I feel fortunate to work fro Hospice by the Bay.
The staff are professional, skilled and empathic to patients, families and all those with whom they have contact.
I am very impressed with how caring and committed the staff is to providing exceptional end of life care for the patients and support for the family members. I constantly hear the patients and their family caregivers say how grateful they are for this service.
Started volunteering at Hospice in their Sonoma Auxiliary over 15 years ago.......each year has been both a joyful experience in working with staff as well as our fellow volunteers. Our volunteer effort is one of service to patients, their families and the community. We all look forward to each activity, its planning and execution aimed for the benefit of patients and their families served by Hospice of the Bay. If you would like to volunteer and contribute to your community, please choose Hospice by the Bay.....you will love it and feel rewarded.
Thank you - your good thoughts are welcome and comforting. My mom was 94, so this was not completely unexpected, and my brother and I were actually able to be with her at the end. She had the support and comfort of hospice care and they did a wonderful job of keeping her comfortable. Fortunately for us, my parents had prepared health directives and my father had done a wonderful job of getting things all arranged, so basically my brother and I just had to follow the instructions. It certainly inspired me to do the same for my children. So, now I feel even more attachment to Hospice by the Bay and the wonderful support you all are in times of need.