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 private homes, hospital, long-term care facilities or in our residential hospice, Algonquin Grace.

Caregiver Respite

Visiting volunteers can stay with your loved one while you, as a caregiver, take a much needed break to what you have to- attend an appointment, hair cut, go out for dinner, attend your child/grandchild’s children’s concert or just to have a bubble bath.

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

Interested in becoming a Visiting Volunteer?

All Visiting Volunteers must complete a 30 hour training course mandated by the Hospice Association of Ontario. Visiting Volunteer meetings are scheduled six times per year.    The purpose of the meetings is to learn and share with each other our experiences. We invite guest speakers to discuss topics of palliative care, bereavement and care for the caregiver.
If you are interested in becoming a Visiting Volunteer or to register for the next training session, please contact Jane Weiland, Program Coordinator at 705-789-6878 Ext. 200 or email:

Fundamentals of Hospice Palliative Care Course
An introductory certificate course based on concepts from A Model to Guide Hospice Palliative Care Based on National Principles and Norms of Practice (Ferris et al., 2002) and developed by The Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultants serving Erie St. Clair and the South West LHINs of Ontario.
No exams or tests – homework requirement of each session
Dates to be Advised
Certificate given with completion of all sessions and requirements.
The training will be offered virtually


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