Hospice of Waterloo Region provides the best hospice/palliative support and education to clients, their families, and the broader community.
People living with a life threatening illness do not have the luxury of ‘time,’ so when medical appointments are scheduled at the last minute they need the means of getting there. Hospice of Waterloo Region’s Transportation Volunteers get people where they need to go. Transportation Volunteers have flexible schedules and can accommodate those last minute drives to both in and out-of-town appointments.
All our services are free of charge to the client, but the Transportation Program does not come without costs. There are costs associated with recruiting, training and supporting our team of Transportation Volunteers. Hospice also reimburses volunteer’s mileage to out-of-town appointments plus any parking fees they incur. In many cases, when a volunteer driver isn’t available to transport, Hospice of Waterloo Region pays for a taxi cab to get people with life threatening illness to a Hospice program or an in-town medical appointment.
Transportation Volunteers aren’t just providing a ride to clients, they are providing a listening ear and emotional support on those trips to and from appointments. Often times the Transportation Volunteer stays with the client while they wait for their appointment, providing moral support. When possible, the same driver is assigned to the same client so that there is an opportunity for a supportive relationship to develop. Our volunteers see our clients for who they are, not the disease they have.
- A $100 donation covers the cost of taking a client to an out of town appointment in London, Hamilton or Toronto
- A $1,000 donation could cover the cost of cab rides for six months
- Volunteering as little as an hour a week can help get a client to medical or personal appointments
Hospice of Waterloo Region is seeking funding to support the growing demand for our transportation services. In 2012, our volunteers gave 172 round trips to clients needing to get to appointments, travelling over 4,000 kilometers. In 2012, Hospice paid $1,785 in cab fares when a volunteer driver could not be arranged.