Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Seeking Volunteers
In an effort to continue to provide support to terminally ill patients and their families within the community, Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is seeking applicants for its Hospice Volunteer Training Program for fall 2006.
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According to Hospice Supervisor, Sue Barrick, R.N., volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice program.
â€œWithout the help of our volunteers, we would not be able to provide the same type of personal care the terminally ill,â€ she said.
Services provided by volunteers can range from, but are not limited to, preparing a meal, reading a book to patients, picking-up medication from the pharmacy or just being a friend.
In order to become a hospice volunteer, individual must first undergo a three-day training program.
â€œWe understand that volunteering isn't for everyone,â€ said Barrick. â€œEven if someone goes through training, he or she is under no obligation to be a volunteer in the program.â€
Training sessions for the fall will be held Oct. 24, 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. â€“ 3 p.m. at AVNAH's main office, located at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />885 S. Sawburg Rd., Suite 106. Lunch will be provided.
â€œBeing a Hospice volunteer is a very spiritual and emotionally-rewarding experience,â€ said Barrick. â€œJust knowing someone is there during this fragile time period means so much to not only the patient, but family members as well.â€
For more information or to register for the program, contact AVNAH at 330-821-7055.