Provide assistance to the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapy department for patients undergoing treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
- Assist department with patient safety and infection control practices by cleaning and putting away equipment after use.
- Assist with department re-stocking as needed.
- Observe and assist therapist as appropriate during patient treatments.
- Offer water/juice to patients and caregivers
- Assist with filing duties.
- Comply with all infection control and confidentiality policies in regards to patient care.
- 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.
- Respect the privacy of patients and family members, and abide by the Volunteer Services Program’s confidentiality policies.
A Physical Therapist will provide supervision to physical therapy volunteers. On-going feedback and evaluation of the program will be requested. Physical therapy supervision will be direct observation during shift.
New volunteers must be able to commit a minimum of three months to the Volunteer Services Program. Volunteers assist a minimum of one 2-hour shift per week. The Physical Therapy department is open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.
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.
- 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.
- Essential functions of this role include the ability to lift, pull, and carry supplies less than 10 pounds (free weights, charts, linen, etc.), occasionally items 11-20 pounds; ability to occasionally reach overhead and climb stairs; ability to see (near, far, depth, color), hear, and write.
Physical Therapy Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Volunteer applicants are asked to complete the SCCA disclosure forms and authorize a criminal background checkl. Annual Tuberculosis screening and documentation of vaccination or immunity to Chickenpox (Varicella), Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) are required for all volunteers. Flu shots are offered annually and are highly encouraged, as well.
Physical Therapy Volunteers participate in two orientation sessions and a role specific orientation, along with an interview with a physical therapist before they are assigned to a specific shift. Physical therapy department specific training is also required of this position. Volunteers are encouraged to attend in-service education programs for continuing education. Volunteer policies, procedures, service descriptions and training resources are available on the extranet.
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.
- Accrue volunteer hours for graduate study if needed.
- Learn first-hand about oncology rehabilitation
- Help support the SCCA mission and vision.