Hos­pice wel­comes new vol­un­teers

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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.

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Tal­bot Hos­pice staff mem­bers were given a plaque of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for host­ing the two-day Geri­atric Assess­ment In­ter­dis­ci­plinary Team work­shop.

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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.

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