Hos­pice of San Joaquin seeks new vol­un­teers

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Local/State - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

Hos­pice of San Joaquin, es­tab­lished in 1980, pro­vides care for pa­tients near­ing the end of their lives, as well as sup­port­ing their friends and fam­i­lies, re­ly­ing on vol­un­teers to sup­port their staff of so­cial work­ers, nurses and other care­givers.

The hos­pice cen­ter is plan­ning a vol­un­teer train­ing for mid-July, and is seek­ing new vol­un­teers to pro­vide end-of-life sup­port for pa­tients and their fam­i­lies. Ac­cord­ing to Mul­ti­me­dia Co­or­di­na­tor Trina Gar­rett, they need vol­un­teers to work in their of­fice, help with events and pro­vide pa­tient care.

“Vol­un­teers are paired with pa­tients based on their in­ter­ests and back­grounds, and act as com­pan­ions for the pa­tients,” said Gar­rett.

While they do not pro­vide med­i­cal care, they do sup­port care­givers by act­ing as an­other set of eyes and ears in the pa­tients’ home, as well as lis­ten­ing to pa­tients, run­ning er­rands for them and help­ing out in any other way they can. Vol­un­teers must be at least 18 years old and have a clean back­ground.

Vol­un­teer Man­ager Becky Free­man said in an email that the cen­ter’s Vet­eran-to-Vet­eran pro­gram is also seek­ing vol­un­teers with mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence to visit with fel­low veter­ans who are near­ing the end of their lives, say­ing, “They are able to re­late bet­ter with some­one who has shared sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences and the mil­i­tary cul­ture.”

Free­man added that the hos­pice cen­ter also has a pet ther­apy pro­gram that is pop­u­lar with pa­tients and vol­un­teers alike.

No spe­cific date has been set for the train­ing as of yet, ac­cord­ing to Gar­rett, although she ex­pects it to last for three days dur­ing the mid­dle of the week in mid-July. Af­ter a pre­sen­ta­tion on the his­tory of hos­pice care in gen­eral and Hos­pice of San Joaquin, specif­i­cally, prospec­tive vol­un­teers will learn about what the nurses do and who the pa­tients are. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each depart­ment will then ex­plain their re­spec­tive jobs, in­clud­ing the role of so­cial work­ers in hos­pice care.

The train­ing will take place at Hos­pice of San Joaquin’s of­fice in Stock­ton, lo­cated at 3888 Pa­cific Av­enue, di­rectly across from the Univer­sity of the Pa­cific. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Vol­un­teer Man­ager Becky Free­man at 209-957-3888.

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