Hospice training set for Sept. 29-30 at medical center
Providence Hospice will soon offer a comprehensive training session for people interested in becoming hospice volunteers.
The two-day workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at Providence Newberg Medical Center. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 20.
According to a release from Providence, hospice volunteers are integral to the organization's end-of-life care.
"There is a growing need for trained hospice volunteers in Yamhill County to provide respite to caregivers, provide companionship and emotional support, preserve life stories, visit with a therapy dog, play music and sing, sit quietly with someone during the last hours of life, take patients on outings, or help with errands and household chores," the release states. "Whether in a patient's home or facility, volunteers offer many kinds of compassionate, practical help."
The training course covers the basic principles of hospice, including understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving and understanding grief and loss. Volunteers also learn that hospice benefits the volunteers as well.
"It is a gift hospice patients have allowed me to be part of this vulnerable and sacred time of their dying," hospice volunteer Evan Tracy said. "It has deepened my sense of compassion and stretched me both personally and professionally."
Hospice volunteers must be a minimum of 16 years old, although no previous experience is required. The organization is especially seeking volunteers who are bi-cultural and bilingual. Licensed massage therapists and participants with certified animal therapy dogs are also highly sought.