Patient volunteers receive 20 hours of training and work directly with patients and their families, providing companionship, compassion, respite, and a listening ear. In addition, patient volunteers might prepare a simple meal or do light housekeeping if asked, or walk the dog. Caregivers receive emotional support and the opportunity to leave the house to run errands, have lunch with a friend, or just take some free time for themselves. Patient volunteers might handle occasional chores such as mowing the lawn or cleaning the basement.
All patient and family information is kept in strict confidence.