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VolunteerTalk: Life History Program

On January 28, 2016, the CAHHS Volunteer Services Office received the following inquiry from Tracy Nordbak, CAVS, Director, Volunteer Services at California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, California:

Please use comment section below to reply to Tracy’s inquiry.

I am looking for information on how to implement a “Life History” program. 
Volunteers interview patients about their personal story: career, children, pets, hobbies. They create a document that is posted in the patient room so caregivers get to know the ‘person’ not just the patient.

I would like a position description and sample script/questions.


Tracy Nordbak, CAVS
Director, Volunteer Services
California Hospital Medical Center
Office 213-742-5707