Hospice wel­comes six new vol­un­teers in pa­tient care

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — In Oc­to­ber, six res­i­dents from Queen Anne’s County com­pleted the three­day Compass Re­gional Hospice pa­tient vol­un­teer train­ing pro­gram.

Com­ple­tion of the 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 pa- tient nears the end of life,” said Court­ney Wil­liams, manager of 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 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 or for in­for­ma­tion about the next sched­uled vol­un­teer train­ing ses­sion, visit www.com­pass­re­gion­al­hos­pice. org/vol­un­teers or call Court­ney Wil­liams at 443-262-4112.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Compass Re­gional Hospice pa­tient care vol­un­teers who re­cently com­pleted train­ing, from left, stand­ing, are Evan­ge­line Pinkney of Cen­tre­ville; Jac­que­line Poyle of Cen­tre­ville; Pat White­hill of Cen­tre­ville; and Sharyn Eyre of Stevensville; from left, seated, are Paula Wag­ner of Stevensville; and Ge­or­gia Stanford of Queen Anne.

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