Sheridan Memorial Hospital's Hospice program is seeking volunteers again, and there will be a training and informational session Thursday, November 3rd at the Hospital.
A media release from the hospital describes Hospice care as “a team approach to palliative care versus cure for people who want to die at home.”
Cindy Baker is a Social Worker and Volunteer for Hospice of the Big Horns. She says they offer most importantly general education as volunteers. Baker said they educate by beginning with things like “this is what dying might look like” and how it relates to each individual, then “these are things that might help”, according to the release.
Hospice offers nursing services, volunteers hospice aides and spiritual counsel among other things, according to the release.
Hospice volunteer training will include learning the difference between serving and rescuing. It will cover body mechanics, how to safely transfer someone from bed to wheelchair, how to assist someone walking with a walker, and how to fall, according to the release.
Volunteers learn about safe hygiene, blood borne pathogens, confidentiality, good listening skills, grief and bereavement.
The family chooses how much of a team it wants when a person has been told they have six months or less to live. Hospice volunteers must be available 24 hours a day as a caregiver who's “able and willing”.
Schedules have been worked out with neighbors, friends and church members, Baker said in the release.