Hospice Training Set for This Month

Those interested in becoming hospice volunteers can attend hospice training this month.

The training will be provided by Sheridan Memorial Hospital and will give people a chance to learn more about hospice before deciding whether to volunteer.

According to Cindy Baker, hospice social worker and volunteer coordinator, hospice offers a team approach to palliative care versus cure for people who want to die at home.

She said hospice volunteer training will cover topics including body mechanics, how to safely transfer someone from bed to wheelchair, assisting someone with a walker and how to fall.

She said volunteers will learn about infection control, confidentiality, practicing an active listening presence, stress management for oneself, the role of spirituality in hospice and bereavement.

Baker said hospice training serves as a time for both the volunteer and the hospice team to find out if hospice is a good fit for the individual. She said hospice offers nursing services, volunteers, psychosocial and emotional support, hospice aides and spiritual counsel to those who have been diagnosed as having six months or less to live.

Those interested in learning more about hospice, or who want to participate in the volunteer training this month, should contact Baker at Sheridan Memorial Hospital Hospice at 672-1083.