Hospice of San Luis Obispo County provides training and placement for companionship and emotional support volunteers with terminally-ill members of the community. My family and I received the benefits of this organizations' mission when my father was dying of cancer in 2005. Now, I am a hospice in-home volunteer and so enjoying my weekly time with my client. The training and support I have received from Hospice of San Luis Obispo is invaluable. I have learned so much about end-of-life support and acceptance. This non-profit is like no other and is so important to so many people who can not always express their gratitude.
I'm absolutely in love with Hospice of San Luis Obispo County. I just finished the in-home volunteer training to learn more about the organization and the folks who benefit from its services. What I learned: HSLO serves all of us -- in the most kind, capable, altruistic way imaginable. HSLO is a beautiful example of how to treat each other -- in life as well as near life's end. I'm delighted to know our community is in such wonderful hands, and I'm honored to serve Hospice SLO in any way I can.
I've been volunteering with Hospice of San Luis Obispo for about 4 years. I can't fully describe the satisfaction I have being a respite provider for clients and caregivers. People find it hard to believe that I receive more than I give. These wonderful clients show me what love, commitment, strength and perserverence are. They have added so much to my life and I hope I add just as much to their's. Hospice of SLO is the catalyst and I think they are doing a great job and service to this community.
I have been a Hospice volunteer for many years and taken numerous trainings, and this organization has a great volunteer training program!! The instructors are well informed, classes were interesting and all the staff kind and humorous, so I highly recommend them to anyone in need of their services. FYI, this is the only non-medical Hospice in SLO, which allows them to serve more people than the ones that are Medicare funded.
What an amazing group, need to spread the word. Volunteers are in the home to support clients and families and are so needed to support families to take care of themselves and are FREE. All the services provided have no charge. The training for these dedicated folks is amazing and very thorough. Leadership is always available to support and help volunteers. The Doula group provide support and are with client and family/friends as the end of the clients walk draws near. I have never met a group of more dedicated folks that reach out into the community to provide support, encouragement and caring, and also care for each other. The individual/group counseling and the many special programs (Reiki, drumming, stress/relaxation, meditation) to mention a few. What a wonderful asset to the community.
I have been attending a grief therapy group at the Volunteer Hospice as well as a Training Class to become a Hospice Volunteer as my own heart heals. Everyone at Hospice is interested in serving the community and taking good care of the volunteers. When I walk over the threshold at the front door before group or my class I always find myself thinking "I am home."
The Hospice SLO County staff are a phenomenal group of compassionate and selfless people. They provide training for in-home volunteers and end of life vigils as well as many other services related to end of life and grieving, which have helped many, many people. All their services are provided to the public completely free. A valuable gem in our community.
I am so impressed with Hospice SLO County, especially their professional, caring and friendly staff. I am a retired male in my 60s, and recently completed their very comprehensive In-Home Volunteer training program that opened my eyes to much knowledge that I was unaware of about the serious and important work related to end-of-life issues. The 30-hour training reflects much work and organization and includes numerous expert guest presenters in addition to the very qualified Volunteer Coordinators. The volunteer training manual provided to trainees is very detailed and is an excellent resource for volunteers as they serve their clients.
As a retiree with some time on my hands, another revelation was coming in contact with many other volunteers of all ages with such compassion and commitment to help people in need at such a critical yet vulnerable time. It is inspiring to know there are many such people in SLO County who volunteer but I would not have known if I had not signed up myself. The need for their services is great, and a client waiting list exists until more In-Home Volunteers are trained. Hospice SLO is undoubtedly an under-appreciated resource on the Central Coast and very worthy of all the recognition it receives.
Hospice SLO County nurses and volunteers are known for their compassion and expertise in their work with end-of-life patients. However, my experience has been working with the unsung heroes of the office staff. My company worked with the HSLO staff to create a successful fundraiser last year, and I have only wonderful things to say about them. Kris Kington-Barker and her associates were prompt to reply to emails, efficient in producing quality newsletters, and effective in getting their supporters to join in a, previously unknown product, promotion. Their professionalism and success in doing so meant together we created a win-win-win situation, where even the patients directly benefited.
J'Nelle Holland, owner Hot Cherry Therapeutic Pillows
My husband died13 years ago. During the year of his illness, the Hospice support group helped me stay sane as everything seemed to crumbling around me. Members of that support group still get togethe roccasionally. Each of our lives has taken a different direction, but the bonds we established thanks to Hospice have kept us connected.
My aunt, who is 88 years old, had to move into a memory care facility after breaking her hip. Her nephew and I moved her from OR to CA to live near me. However, she could not keep her pet. Her cat, Buffie, is almost 13 years old. I was unable to find a home for Buffie in OR, and was unwilling to leave her in a shelter to take her chances. So I brought her on the plane with me down to CA. A friend suggested that I contact Hospice SLO Pets to help find her a home. I didn't know Hospice offered this service! Two staff members at Hospice got the ball rolling. Sidney put together a photo and a blurb about Buffie, and Shannon put the word out in the Hospice newsletter and other announcements. Although Buffie is elderly and has to take daily medication, a wonderful family responded and adopted her. I am very grateful to Hospice SLO Pets, and happy for Buffie in her new home!
I am an in-home volunteer for HospiceSLO and cannot say enough about how caring and dedicated this group is. The volunteers receive excellent training from knowledgeable staff. They are very thoughtful when matching volunteers with clients and are always available to discuss a case, give input and perspective and assist volunteers in any way possible. They are interested in the volunteer’s journey every step of the way as well as in providing the best care possible for clients. The types of services offered are amazing, from pet peace of mind to reiki to grief support groups to providing in-home care and caregiver respite.
Knowing that there is such a wonderful organization ready, willing, and able to assist clients in this time of need absolutely warms my heart. Very thankful for all that volunteer.
Hospice SLO County does what other agencies can't and also works closely with other area resources to help people with life limiting illness and their family caregivers. The caring volunteers and staff make it so my loved ones have been able to get the care and resources they need all free of charge.
Provides a no charge service in supporting the community through end of life and bereavement counselling
Hospice SLO gives an exceptional and unusual range of services in the county. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate and are wonderful advocates for those in need of hospice services. They are a gem in the community and we are so fortunate to have them based here in SLO.
I arrived to the Volunteer training nervous with many questions - who would be there, what would this training be like, what emotions would it bring up, and was I prepared to move forward with volunteering at this time. Right from the beginning, it became clear that this was going to be a positive, powerful, excellent, and engaging group and training.
I have been both a participant, and also a leader, for many different types of trainings for decades. The training for Hospice SLO was superb in every way: the level of knowledge, respect, compassion and warmth towards volunteers and hospice recipients is present in each and every segment of the training. The thoroughness of preparation for volunteers is deeply caring, and exemplary.
From a personal perspective, I found this training to be deeply healing. I have experienced many deaths in my life, and although I have spent much time healing and moving through losses, being with a compassionate, knowledgeable group in this manner who are desiring to use their experiences for service is inspiring, profoundly soothing and healing. I am looking forward to participating in many of the programs.
My training at Hospice SLO was everything I hoped and much more. I felt uplifted, supported and ready to move forward with volunteering.
I volunteer in the front office with Hospice of SLO County. I was looking for a place to volunteer that made a difference. Hospice of SLO County makes a difference . The office staff and counselors I work with are really helpful and kind. The people who work at the office really care about the people who come in for service.
Hospice of SLO County is a most remarkable organization. Their 40+ yr legacy of quality and commitment comes through in all they do. They offer a complete range of Hospice related information and services - some of which I never knew about until I started working with them, like Reiki, cognitive care, Yoga Nidra, and Pet Peace of Mind. The employees and volunteers are true humanitarians. If you need them, they are there to help and connect you to services. If you are interested in volunteering, you will find no greater fulfillment and purpose than the work you can do with them. Their training is comprehensive and so thoroughly enjoyable. It has been a great honor to train and work with them.
Shannon McOuat, Director of Volunteer Services, Hospice of San Luis Obispo County is the soul of our Hospice program. She knows the importance of being present for everyone; her grasp on the resiliency of the human spirit, her dependability, approachability and humility have shaped her into a true asset to our community.
Shannon has set a tone of respect and compassion to the hundreds of those struggling to find their way through the maze of death. We are all better off because of her.
Hospice of SLO County has one of the most amazing and helpful team of staff members! The services they provide are incredible and they make sure to act as a community resource for those who need some guidance when dealing with life-limiting illnesses, grief, or death. The counseling team and support group leaders are exceptional as well as the care management team!
I was deeply concerned about my daughter and grandson after the suicide of my granddaughter. I briefly considered seeking the services of private therapists in the area however I kept hearing that for grief counseling, regardless of of the cause of death, Hospice San Luis Obispo County was the place to seek support and service. There was very little wait to see someone and both my daughter and grandson found the staff warm, professional and knowledgeable. I am so grateful this organization was available to us.