Comprehensive Training and Ongoing Support
Every Care Dimensions volunteer is required to complete a free and comprehensive training program before being assigned a volunteer job.
The 24-hour program (three hours, once a week, over eight weeks) covers such topics as:
- Care Dimensions’ philosophy
- Grief and loss
- How to be prepared
- What to expect
- Safety precautions
- Tips for working with patients who are in the last stages of an advanced illness
During each session, there are opportunities to ask questions, share concerns and feelings and learn from other volunteers about their experiences. The sessions are also an opportunity to share the camaraderie that so many of our volunteers tell us is an important reason why they continue to serve.
In addition to the mandatory 24-hour program, Care Dimensions offers additional training for volunteers to learn how to work with special groups or to do special projects, including:
- Dementia patients
- Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered (LGBT) patients
- Pedatric hospice patients
- Bereavement support
- Bedside vigil
These additional training programs focus on learning about the specific communications, social and cultural issues that are critical to being an effective volunteer with these communities or projects.
Contact Us if You Have Questions
If you have any questions about our volunteer training or what may be required, please contact our our Volunteer Services Department at 888-283-1722 or email VolunteerInfo@caredimensions.org. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have.
The next training sessions start in September and will be available in Waltham and Danvers on seven consecutive Fridays, from 9 a.m. to noon. Training in Waltham runs September 15 – October 27. Training in Danvers runs September 22 – November 3.
We are offering three new training options: an evening training in Burlington on Tuesdays (6-9 p.m.) from September 19 to October 24; morning training (9 a.m. – noon) in Haverhill on Wednesdays from October 4 to November 8; or three full-day sessions in Waltham on Saturdays, October 14 – 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information or to register for training in Danvers or in Haverhill, contact Fran Clements, volunteer coordinator, at 978-750-9349, or FClements@caredimensions.org. If interested in Waltham or Burlington trainings, contact Heather Merrill, volunteer coordinator, at 781-373-6509 or HMerrill@caredimensions.org.
Complete your online application today or call us with any questions 888-283-1722. Sign up for an e-newsletter about volunteering with us.