Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice wel­comes new vol­un­teers

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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.

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