Hospice welcomes new volunteers
CENTREVILLE — Eight residents of Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties recently completed the three-day Compass Regional Hospice patient volunteer training program.
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.”
Those who wish to provide direct patient care will be required to complete several additional hours with patients under the super vision 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.compassregion alhospice.org/volunteers or call Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112.
Talbot Hospice staff members were given a plaque of appreciation for hosting the two-day Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team workshop.
Volunteers who recently completed Compass Regional Hospice volunteer training are Michele Wayman, Hillsboro; Paula Pariseau, Centreville; Debra Woodruf-Capper, Chestertown; Liz Broderick, Chester; Sandy Emory, Millington; Kurt Riehl, Centreville; Shirley Christopher, Greensboro; and Toni Jones, Stevensville.