Do you have a heart for hospice?
Providence Hospice will offer a volunteer training course from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20 at Providence Newberg Medical Center.
The comprehensive training course is for people interested in becoming hospice volunteers who help people who are facing terminal illness. The training course, according to a press release from Providence, "covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patients care, pain and symptom management, spiritual caregiving and understanding grief and loss."
No previous experience is required to become a hospice volunteer, the release said. Once a person has completed the training and determined how involved he or she wishes to become, volunteers can provide caregiver respite, friendly visits, bedside vigils, animal assistance, veteran to veteran connections and grief support. The program is also in need of bicultural or bilingual volunteers.
Providence Hospice's service area includes Yamhill and five other counties in the Portland area.
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