Compass Regional Hospice welcomes new volunteers
CHESTERTOWN — Residents from Queen Anne’s and Kent counties completed the three-day Compass Regional Hospice patient volunteer training program offered in Chestertown in March. Completion of this training qualifies these volunteers to provide emotional support and practical assistance to hospice patients, families and caregivers in their homes, in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and in the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Denton.
“Our volunteer training program helps people learn to be a companion as a hospice patient nears the end of life,” said Courtney Williams, manager, volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “The training also prepares volunteers with knowledge and skills they can use to enhance comfort and quality of life. Trainees explore their own feelings about death and dying as they learn how to be with a patient at one of the most vulnerable times in life.”
“I was not able to be there for my grandmother, who was a big part of my life. I wanted to become a patient volunteer because it gives me the opportunity to give back to others who may not have anyone else,” said volunteer training graduate Terrie Farmer. “It helped me understand how family dynamics are a big part of the end of life process. I learned how important it is to be a good listener and not give advice but redirect the family back to the appropriate person in hospice that can help them. I also learned that just to be there for someone even if it is just setting quietly with them can be the most important way to help.”
Those who wish to provide direct patient care will be required to complete several additional hours with patients under the supervision of a Compass Regional Hospice clinical staff member. Volunteers who wish to be involved in providing grief support for hospice family members will work closely with staff from the Compass Regional Hospice Support Services team. Grief support roles include bereavement volunteer, vigil volunteer and grief support facilitator.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Compass Regional Hospice, visit www.compassregional hospice.org/volunteers or call Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112.