Enso House continues to run almost entirely through the volunteer efforts of our core staff of caregivers and many other individuals. We have an ongoing need for caregivers, caregiving assistants and people willing to help out in many critical areas which support our efforts even though they may not have direct contact with residents.
Anyone who volunteers for Enso House must be mindful of the need to be flexible and willing to tailor care to the needs of individual residents and their families. We would like to provide a companion 24 hours a day for those patients who want this. However, as a volunteer caregiver, you may or may not find yourself on a shift with a particular patient before they die.
Enso House volunteers have to be flexible in making themselves available for providing care for our patients. There may be times when a volunteer is assigned to take a shift as a companion at the bedside. There may be times when it is more critical for a volunteer to go shopping for groceries or other supplies or to help in cleaning the house. These tasks are not as romantic as being a companion for the dying. However, they all play a role in holding the house; in supporting the core caregivers, the patient’s family, and the patient in his or her process of living to the end of this life.
All prospective volunteers must complete an application form (see below), attend a two-day training session at Enso House, complete an Adult Family Home background check, and obtain a TB test.
Volunteers preparing or handling food must have a current Food Handler’s Permit. Volunteers providing direct patient care must have current CPR and Adult First Aid certification.
Please contact our Director, Ann Cutcher (360-331-4699) if you would like to become an Enso House volunteer.