Hospice Training Set for Next Month

Sheridan Memorial Hospital's Hospice of the Big Horns is seeking volunteers and has scheduled four sessions of training for volunteers in February.

Volunteers provide respite in hospice homes so that caregivers can take a break, rest or run errands for up to six hours a week. Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Baker said Hospice works around volunteers' schedules and the needs of the hospice home.

Baker said training topics will include the history and philosophy of hospice, the role of the hospice team, being a healthy caregiver, developing good listening skills, how to be present and companioning the dying and the bereaved, the role of spirituality in hospice, good body mechanics and safe transfers, blood-borne pathogens and pain control, signs and symptoms of approaching death, confidentiality and family dynamics.

She said participants will also learn about the aspects of grief, bereavement and helpful things to say to those who are bereaved.

Baker said volunteer training is a screening process for both the participant and hospice to see if the volunteer is a good fit. The final decision is made at the completion of training.

Those who want more information and training packet are asked to contact Baker at the hospice office, 672-1083.


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