Hospice of San Luis Obispo County is in the process of developing our own Threshold Choir, The Hospice SLO Threshold Singers.  What is a Threshold Choir?  It is a group of volunteers that have a talent for carrying a tune and want to bring that special experience to a client or a client’s family. Often times the sharing of their gift is at a client’s bedside.

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County’s Volunteers are Putting Their Hearts in Service to People at the End of Life

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) offers an End-of-Life Doula (EOL Doula) Program for in-home clients provided by Doulas trained through the International End of Life Doula Association (INELDA). Just as a Birth Doula brings greater comfort and deeper meaning to the process of labor and the beginning of a life, EOL Doulas offer the same during the process of dying. The EOL Doulas serve people and families going through the end stages of a terminal illness when caregivers experience many losses in the patient’s function and role as well as an increase in physical symptoms. This is correspondent with greater demands for their time, energy and fatigue in the face of knowing the end is coming. As with all Hospice SLO County programs, EOL Doula services are provided without charge.

As pet lovers, we have all had the experience of our pet understanding when something was wrong, or sensing when we were not feeling well. They comfort us, they ease our tension, they reduce our fear and they love us unconditionally. We can only try to imagine how much more significant this unique bond is for patients facing a life-limiting or life-threatening illness. For many patients in hospice care, their physical condition leads to a decrease of previously enjoyed social opportunities and relationships. Their pets help to fill that void by offering unconditional love and acceptance, comfort and companionship when it is needed most. Such as when friends and family aren't seen as frequently, or when words are too hard to say. Pets are there for us, and Hospice of San Luis Obispo County’s (Hospice SLO County) Pet Peace of Mind program (PPOM) insures that we are there for them, in return.

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) In-Home volunteers offer respite care to relieve the primary care person.

Counseling is provided by Licensed Therapists, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapists and Associate Clinical Social Workers, and Master’s Prepared Trainees under the clinical supervision of licensed staff. Sessions typically provide clients with both emotional support, information, and an opportunity to explore how they can more effectively negotiate these challenges.

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County's Community Response Team provides timely counseling support, consultation, and education about grief and coping with loss, including anticipating a loss and sudden death. Community Response services are provided to businesses, schools, churches, government and community agencies at no charge. Trained staff and volunteer counselors work with both children and adults, and consult with groups and agencies on the approach that feels most helpful to them.