Become one of our massage therapists for patients
At North Haven Hospice we have a team of volunteers who provide Nurturing Touch (NT) massage to patients and their carer in the patient’s own home. Nurturing Touch is a unique form of massage that utilises methods specific to working with the elderly and terminally ill. Once a volunteer has been trained in Nurturing Touch, they can give this massage to a patient’s hands and feet and with additional training, to a patient’s back, neck and shoulders. The therapist work individually in the community in a patient’s home. You are supported by a mentor, your trainer able to provide supervision and volunteer services. A fully equipped therapy bag is provided for NT Therapists who are active in the community.
Training involves: • Attending a NT training workshop at North Haven Hospice (18th April). • 2x supervised NT sessions with patients • 2x sessions shadowing an In-Patient Unit volunteer to gain a better understanding of Hospice; and attend an Induction course of 6 hours during your 1st year of volunteering. You are expected to attend further in-service training to enable you and patients to interact safely.
Willingness to be trained to hospice standards for this very therapeutic role. Be a good listener, Be willing to travel in the Whangarei district (hospice provides a petrol reimbursement). Be able to have a minimum of 2 patients at any one time in the community.
6 volunteers needed