I am a hospice volunteer, fueled by the excellent care given to my sister, brother, mother and father. I was so impressed by the care by the entire team that it was an easy decision to reach out to help. The training given to volunteers is thorough, and continuous I have met wonderful people, with life stories that have enhanced my life, and it's clear telling their stories helps them in their final time. This organization is a 5 star organization that I am proud to wear my badge that I wear in every home I walk into.
My family has been fortunate in availing ourselves of the gifts hospice provides for patients, families and other caregivers. Since 1995 through 2014 I have had five family members pass on, in their homes, with the aid of hospice and we could not have done that without hospice help. Dying at home was such a gift to us all. Thank you, hospice angles.
I've had many years of experience as a volunteer for agencies on both coasts - for people with AIDS, the mentally ill and their families, children who have suffered every form of abuse - but although they were fully committed to their missions, none has been of such compassion, devotion, integrity, caring and experience as those of Hospice of the Bay. They go to all and any lengths to provide palliative and supportive care to their patients and their families, as well as comfort and wisdom at such a trying time, the end of life. Thank you, HBTB, for the honor of being part of your lofty organization, as I know patients and their loved ones often express that they cannot thank you enough for all you do for them.
I met Hospice by the Bay when my mother passed away from pancreatic cancer. The passing was very quick. Hospice by the Bay's emails and letters helped me find support groups for my grief. It was so valuable to my healing to have them there. Thank you for all you do.
I was feeling afraid and overwhelmed as I cared for my aging mother. I was her accessing medical care, and housekeeping health, and many other areas, and thought that I was doing my best. I didn't really realize how much was beginning to grieve, and how reassuring it would feel, to have the help of hospice. Then Hospice By the Bay came into our lives. The Hospice nurse was experienced and reassuring, the social worker also always available. They took us along this path enabling us to feel that we could make our decisions while always having them by our side. After my mother finally died, the grief counseling for me provided by Hospice by the Bay was superb. I could not imagine what care-giving at this life-changing time would have been life without Hospice By the Bay. I will always be grateful.
My mother used the services of Hospice by the Bay. All of the staff were amazing people and very skilled at dealing with such a difficult situation. I think they helped my mother and my family tremendously. They were all very professional and caring. They even came to my mother's memorial after she passed. This is a special organization.
As my wife's stroke activity worsened, hospital staff told me about Hospice by the Bay and recommended I contact them. I was so glad that I did. Their caring and guidance during the final weeks of my wife's life made a world of difference to both of us.
My wife was in the terminal stages of cancer. The doctor advised us to use Hospice. I chose Hospice by the Bay because it was close and convenient. They provided absolutely the best care possible. Their staff and nurses where wonderful. The help they provided helped get us through a really terrible time. I will always be indebted to them for the month that they took care of my wife before she passed away.
I've been a patient care volunteer with Hospice by the Bay for 7 years, and have always been impressed by the professionalism and compassion exhibited by every staff member and volunteer. This is clearly a 5-star organization.
I have been a patient care volunteer with Hospice by the Bay (HBTB) for four years. I have volunteered with a few other organizations, and I found the training and ongoing support provided to volunteers by HBTB to be far superior to anything I found elsewhere. The staff is so professional, conscientious and dedicated. The transdisciplinary team approach keeps everyone informed and allows service to patients to be seamless. Working with HBTB has been and will continue to be one of the most rewarding activities of my life
I choose to support Hospice by the Bay because I have had many friends who have been helped by their compassionate services. After I lost my father, even though he was on hospice care in another part of the country, I was able to receive grief support from Hospice by the Bay as a community member. All of the staff that I have had contact with have been warm and helpful. Our community is fortunate to have these services available from a nonprofit that truly cares!
Hospice is a place where living angels help people every day of the year! It is hard to know anyone who has not been touched personally by the services of Hospice. If it wasn't your family member, it probably was a friend, a co-worker, a friend of a friend who received their services at the most needy time in ones life.
After my mom was helped by Hospice in her last days, I vowed to volunteer to help this organization help others. Hospice not only made my mom as comfortable as possible but gave our family members guidance as to how to comfort her, counseled us, and helped us arrange services. It is now 10 years later and I am still volunteering.
What an amazing organization filled with people who truly care and utilize their resources to ensure every comfort for their patients.
I had been working for this organization since 2009. I find good team work and supportive staff and managers always.
I have volunteered at Hospice by the Bay for over 10 years. I do this because I believe so strongly in their mission which is to help people at the end of their lives live as best they can while also providing family and caregivers with the support they need as they go through this journey. It has been a joy to work with them. No matter how small my participation has been, I am always overwhelmed by the staff's appreciation and kindness. Their culture of caring and kindness is evident in how they treat everyone associated with their organization -- patients, families, staff and volunteers. Working with Hospice has enriched my life.
I began volunteering with Hospice a year ago. I got involved because my father had received hospice care when he was dying and it made an immeasurable difference in the end of his life and in the support that my mother and our family received. I knew when I had time I'd like to be able to do that for someone else and their family. What surprised me about Hospice by the Bay was the professionalism with which they treat their volunteers and the respect they convey for their patients and their families. The extensive training emphasized the legal, practical, and emotional requirements for being a hospice volunteer. While every patient experience is different and can be difficult, I feel the training, both initial and ongoing, has prepared me. If I ever have any questions, the administration has been immediately responsive. While the work is not for everyone, if you feel that you would like to make a vital impact in someone's life, Hospice by the Bay could not be a better organization to volunteer with.
My main job as a volunteer is testing, repairing, and making sure electronic donations are in good working order before being put on sale at the Novato thrift store. I am surrounded by friendly, caring, humorous fellow volunteers and store management. I always feel supported and,of the many volunteer jobs I do,it is by far my favorite.
Our customers appreciate the great cause and service Hospice by the bay provides. They donate high quality merchandise and in turn get to select from a wide array of unique and unusual treasures.
It is a great place to shop and an even better place to spend a few hours each week volunteering.
Hospice by the bay is an incredible organization. Not just in how they care for patients (which is top notch) or in their integrity (which I've witnessed in everything they do), but also in how they run their volunteer organization. As a multi-year volunteer, I feel appreciated, cared for, well prepared and supported.
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.