In-Home Support

Hospice SLO County in-home volunteers offer respite care to relieve the primary care person. Volunteers also offer emotional and practical support, including:

  • Accompaniment to medical appointments
  • Adjustment to illness
  • Advanced Health Care Directives; POLST
  • Advocacy and empowerment
  • Anticipatory grief support
  • Companionship
  • Complementary therapy (Reiki)
  • End-of-life doula services
  • Errands
  • In-home evaluation and referral
  • Life review and reminiscence
  • Light housekeeping tasks
  • Meal preparation
  • Pet therapy visits
  • Practical support for in-home animals
  • Spiritual companions
  • Supportive music
  • Transportation

Our in-home volunteers provide a consistent supportive presence for the entire family. By utilizing a blend of professional and volunteer skills, the Hospice SLO County staff offers a comprehensive, integrated care program capable of giving specialized and sensitive volunteer support to clients and their families at no charge. This is made possible by:

  • A small paid staff that train and facilitate the services of 100-120 consistently active in-home volunteers. 
  • Working in cooperation with home health and medical hospice agencies and many other existing community service programs and facilities; and
  • The generous financial support of local individuals, organizations, and the business community.

All services are provided free of charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.