You will spend one to one time with our patients, finding out about their hobbies and interests - and will spend time sitting with the patients and support them to participate in small activities such as playing cards, completing jigsaws or just talking about the most relevant topics in the news. You will enjoy building up good relationships with the patients and their carers and get a sense of wellbeing for yourself knowing that your time has been so well spent.

Interested? Call 01485 601700 or Apply Online

There are two different types of home sits:

1. On a weekly basis, approximately two or three hour duration - supporting carers who are looking after someone with a palliative condition or may be at the end of their life.

2. Supporting people with neurological conditions or dementia whilst the carer attends a carer only support group - this would be either the first or second Thursday of the month, approximately 1.30pm - 4.30pm.

This role is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. 

A commitment to training over several weeks is required. Successful applicants must be able to provide periods of two to three hours at a time - these may be sporadic in nature. 

Volunteers do

  • Stay with a patient for up to three hours
  • Support a patient who needs minimal assistance to mobilise by walking alongside them
  • Assist a patient to get comfortable, like adjusting pillows
  • Prompt a patient who is independently able to take medication
  • Offer emotional support to a patient/carer

Volunteers do not

  • Counsel patients or main carers
  • Engage in manual handling or personal care
  • Give advice on medical, financial or spiritual matters
  • Make additional or unplanned visits
  • Become involved with the direct care of the patient or administer medication
  • Liaise with clinical or social care staff on behalf of the Hospice service

Key Duties

1. Work with individuals, following allocation by the Home Sit Coordinator.

2. Work to an 'agreement' with the patient/family - duration of the contract, frequency of visits, contract arrangements, and the service offered.

3. Work within clearly defined boundaries with regards to the patient/family, undertaking a risk assessment at each visit, with particular regard to own safety.

4. Have an understanding of working as a 'guest' in a patient’s home.

5. Refer any patient to the clinical team if they're found to need additional support (emotional, social, spiritual or physical).

6. Report any patient/family concerns without delay. This may involve reporting any changes in patient/family status to the Home Sit Co-ordinator, Duty Manager or Safeguarding direct line.

7. Be a listening ear.

8. Be able to deal with situations confidently if faced with aggression or abuse.

9. Work in line with the 'Lone Worker' policy.

10. Accurately complete all required process, paperwork and records in accordance with Hospice policy.