Physical Therapy Volunteers

Physical Therapy Volunteers

Position Summary

To assist the Physical Therapist and the department by supporting patients undergoing treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


  1. Transport patients to and from the department.
  2. Answer telephone calls and taking messages.
  3. Assisting with department maintenance and putting away equipment after use.
  4. Observing and assisting patient treatments with a therapist.
  5. Comply with all infection control and confidentiality policies in regards to patient care.
  6. Strive to remain compassionate, non-judgmental, flexible and impartial when assisting people that have lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and interests that are different from your own.
  7. Respect the privacy of patients and family members, and abide by the Volunteer Services Program’s confidentiality policies.

Time Commitment

New volunteers must be able to commit a minimum of three months to the Volunteer Services Program. Volunteers assist an average of one 2-hour shift per week. The Physical Therapy department is open 8am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. 

Health Precautions

Patients are extremely vulnerable to potentially life-threatening infections because their immune systems are suppressed from chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Because of this, all volunteers must abide by universal precaution and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients. These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Handbook.


  • Respect of diverse lifestyles, cultures, religions and values.
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to changing needs of patients and family members.
  • Ability to maintain emotional boundaries and lead a balanced life.
  • Ability to work as part of a team with other volunteers and staff.

Physical Therapy Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the Fred Hutch/ SCCA disclosure forms and authorize a criminal background check by the Washington State Patrol. Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required of all volunteers who have contact with patients.


Physical Therapy Volunteers participate in six orientation sessions and a role specific orientation, along with an interview before they are assigned to a specific shift. Department specific training is also required of this position. Volunteers are encouraged to attend in-service education programs for continuing education.

Benefits to the Volunteer

Opportunities to support families from around the world and diverse cultures. Ability to provide comfort and relief to patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Last Revised 6/23/04