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Palliative and End of Life Care Volunteer Training Program

Lessons for Living. A Training for Life.

Seniors at Home’s award-winning Palliative Care team provides interdisciplinary, nonsectarian support to our clients who have serious or chronic illness, or are at the end of their lives. Our goal is to help people remain in their homes as long as possible and to provide them with the information, care, and services that they need.

As a Palliative Care Volunteer, you will:

  • Provide supportive volunteer services to people in need—from simply sitting at a bedside quietly to sharing tea and a story to running an errand or making a meal.
  • Provide respite for family members in need of a short break from their caregiving responsibilities.
  • Become part of an inspirational community of volunteers and clinicians dedicated to attending to people of all ages with serious illness and those who are at the end of life.
  • Gain skills and knowledge necessary to provide compassionate service to clients of Seniors At Home/JFCS as well as to your own friends, neighbors and loved ones.
  • Gain valuable insights about life and death

To become a Palliative Care Volunteer, you’ll need:

    • An open heart and mind
    • A willingness to explore your own mortality
    • Ability to show up, be present and communicate clearly
    • To commit to 4-8 hours/month as a volunteer
    • To commit to monthly support group/educational sessions with our
    • Palliative Care community for one year following training

I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation of end-of-life issues for myself, as well as how to help others cope with them.” – Lori, Volunteer

Becoming a Palliative Care Volunteer has been one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences of my life.” – Jeff, Volunteer

Upcoming Trainings

Our next training will take place in November 2018.

How the training works:

Our Palliative Care Volunteer Training sessions will take place over four full days. We require that you make a commitment to the full training. All training sessions will take place at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, 2150 Post Street, San Francisco and food will be provided.

The fee for this training is $360. Scholarships are available for anyone who intends to volunteer.

For professionals who wish to take this as a continuing education course, without making a commitment to volunteering, the cost for training and 30 CEUs is $500.


After training, you will be matched with an individual living in your local area. Your visits will be weekly for 1 – 2 hours, based on need and availability.

Monthly volunteer meetings: New volunteers are required to attend our monthly volunteer meetings during their first year in the program. These meetings provide continuing education and support in the context of our larger Palliative Care volunteer community.

To apply, you must complete an application form. Applications for 2018 will be posted in July 2018. All applicants will be invited to our local office for an individual interview. We will be in touch with you directly to arrange your interview time.

To register your interest, or with any questions about the training program or the application process, please contact Rabbi Daniel Isaacson on 415-449-3879 or

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