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.
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
- 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 May and will be available in Waltham and Danvers on seven consecutive Fridays, 9 a.m. to noon, from May 18-June 29.
Other training options: evenings in Burlington on Tuesdays (6-9 p.m.) from May 22 to June 26; in Haverhill on Friday mornings (9 a.m. to noon) May 18-June 22); or three full-day sessions in Waltham on Saturdays, June 2,16 and 30, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for training in Danvers or Haverhill, contact Fran Clements at 978-750-9349, or FClements@caredimensions.org. If interested in Waltham or Burlington trainings, contact Jane Corrigan at 781-373-6574 or JCorrigan@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.