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Wig Fitter Volunteers

POSITION SUMMARY
The volunteer would assist patients during wig fitting appointments to find an appropriate wig for the patient (including fit, style, etc)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The volunteer would be responsible for assisting the patient during wig fitting appointments. During the appointment the volunteer would help patients to pick a wig. The volunteer would help with fitting the wig properly and finding a desirable color and style for the patient. The volunteer would also discuss basic wig care, as well as other hair loss options (hats, scarves, etc).
  2. The volunteer would be responsible for keeping the wig display organized and stocked with the appropriate literature, and keeping the Resource Center staff alerted to inventory levels of wigs to accommodate proper ordering of color and style.
  3. Comply with all infection control and confidentiality policies.
  4. Strive to remain compassionate, non-judgmental, flexible and impartial when assisting people who have lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and interests that are different from your own.
  5. 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 2-4 hour shift per week.

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 precautions and infectious disease guidelines in order to protect themselves and patients. These guidelines are listed in the Volunteer Manual.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • New wig fitting volunteers will be required to complete a one hour training with the SCCA Patient Navigator.
  • 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.

Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete disclosure forms for a national criminal background check. Annual tuberculosis testing and documentation for Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps and Rubella are required for all volunteers who have contact with patients. In addition, volunteers between the ages of 19 and 64 are encouraged to receive a single dose of Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.

ORIENTATION
Volunteers participate in two orientation sessions and a role specific orientation, along with an interview, before they are assigned to a specific shift. 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.
An opportunity to gain experience in a multi-disciplinary health-care setting.