Volunteer Training & Support -- Care Dimensions

Training & Support


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 21-hour program 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.

Specialized Training

In addition to the 21-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
  • Veterans
  • 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.

Upcoming Trainings

The next hospice volunteer training sessions will be held in late February/early March 2020.

Danvers (Days) - Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 - 11:30 a.m., running from March 2nd until March 25th at the Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers

Greater Boston (Evenings) -- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 - 8:30 p.m., running from February 25th until March 19th at the Care Dimensions Hopsice House, 125 Winter St., Lincoln (on the Waltham line)

Greater Boston (Days) - Wednesdays and Fridays, 1 - 3:30 p.m., running from March 4th until March 27th at the Care Dimensions Hospice House, 125 Winter St., Lincoln (on the Waltham line) 

Complete your online application today or contact us with any questions. For more information about training in Danvers, contact Fran Clements at 978-750-9349, or FClements@caredimensions.org. If interested in Lincoln trainings, contact Leanne Tirilok at 781-373-6509 or LTirilok@caredimensions.org.

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.