Visiting Volunteers

The Role of the Visiting Volunteer

Hospice Huntsville Visiting Volunteer Program

Hospice Huntsville offers trained volunteers who are willing to provide 24 hour end-of-life vigil in the comfort of your own home/cottage, hospital, long-term care facilities or in our residential hospice, Algonquin Grace.

There is no charge for this program.

Caregiver Respite

Visiting volunteers can stay with your loved one while you, as a caregiver, take a much-needed break to do what you have to – attend an appointment, get your hair cut, go out for dinner, have a bubble bath or attend your child’s school concert –whatever your heart desires

End-of -Life Support

Hospice Huntsville offers trained volunteers who are willing to provide 24 hour end-of-life vigil in private homes, residential hospice, hospital or long-term care facilities where support is needed for whatever reason.

Overnight Respite

Hospice volunteers can sit overnight with your loved one so you can get a good night’s sleep to help avoid getting rundown.
Our Visiting Volunteers provide non-medical care and support such as:

  • Companionship, reading aloud, listening
  • Simple comfort measures, back rubs, position changes, transfers
  • Bedside vigilance while family members/caregivers rest
  • Respite for caregivers to take a break away from home
  • Bereavement support

Social/Companion Visits

Visiting Volunteers would be happy to come and spend a few hours with you – perhaps have a cup of tea or coffee, play a game of Scrabble or cards or even just sit and talk. Visits can be arranged to meet your needs and to fit into your schedule.

Contact Information

For further information or any questions about our Visiting Volunteer program, please contact Jane Weiland Program Coordinator at Hospice Huntsville 705-789-6878 Ext. 200 or email


Interesting becoming a Visiting Volunteer?








Interested in giving back to the community & becoming a Hospice Huntsville Visiting Volunteer?
Contact Jane at Hospice Huntsville or call 705-789-6878 Ext. 200 to enquire about the application process and for further details.
“Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care” is prerequisite training for people that are interested in becoming a Visiting Volunteer.
The course consists of 3 virtual in-class sessions, as well as self-directed online learning, two peer-to-peer exchanges & one reflective activity.
Courses will be delivered over 9 weeks, approximately 30 hours.
The next Fundamentals course begins on January 11, 2023.
Registration for Huntsville is open now on the North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care Network website:
Please register prior to December 24, 2022.
Fee: $60.00



Hospice Huntsville is an accredited member of the Hospice Association of Ontario.