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Baystate VNA & Hospice to host volunteer training in March

Feb. 20, 2014 |

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate VNA & Hospice is currently accepting applications for a Hospice Volunteer Training Course beginning March 21, which will take place at 50 Maple St. This course is offered free of charge to the participant. Hospice and Pediatric Palliative volunteers provide many invaluable services for the patient and their caregivers throughout the individual’s course of illness. They offer companionship, sibling support, creative activities, transportation for appointments and other errands, supportive listening, a calming presence, temporary respite for caregivers, and so much more. Baystate VNA & Hospice is currently seeking volunteers for these urgently-needed services: Individuals wanting to provide compassionate care and sibling support for children facing a life-limiting condition; Military Veterans offering companionship to patients who are veterans nearing the end of life; Therapists trained in Massage, Reiki, or Therapeutic Touch to lessen agitation and bring comfort to patients; Individuals gifted in performing music (flute, guitar, harp, voice, etc.) to share their calming music for patients, young and old, and those in the last hours of life. The program encompasses 20 hours of class time in four daytime sessions. Subjects include hospice nursing and pain management; quality of life for the child and support for the family; communicating with the dying patient; grief and loss; and the contributions of social workers, chaplains and bereavement coordinators. Volunteers receive a certificate of completion at the end of training. Class size is limited. Contact Peg McCool at 794-6472 for the interview process as soon as possible.

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