Volunteer Hospice nurses guide patients and their support group through the end-of-life journey. Our on-call nurses are available 24 hours a day to answer questions or make visits, while our nursing staff works with patients and their families to set goals and manage symptoms throughout the hospice service. Our goal is to comfort and help maintain patients’ dignity and self-determination.
Medical equipment is provided to VHOCC patients. We also lend medical equipment to community members at no charge, available at our Port Angeles location, depending on our inventory. We also accept donations of medical equipment in good working condition.
VHOCC offers free grief and bereavement support to patients, their families, and community members, including:
• Anticipatory grief for Volunteer Hospice patients, their families, and caregivers.
• One-on-one bereavement support.
• Grief support groups.
• Living Alone Now Workshops: A Practical Guide. Open to anyone in the community who has experienced the loss of a partner or spouse.
Available to VHOCC patients and their families, respite care offers short-term relief to caregivers, providing time attend to tasks such as shopping, doctor’s appointments, lunch with friends, or relaxation. Respite volunteers do not provide nursing care, but their gentle support makes caregivers’ work more sustainable.
Our six-week Community Education and Volunteer Training Series is offered twice each year to train those interested in serving as a VHOCC volunteer as well as those who would like to learn more about hospice care or VHOCC.