HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING SLATED
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Niagara Hospice is recruiting volunteers to attend the next Hospice volunteer training scheduled for April 4 and 5 at 5:00pm. Marketing, Public Relations & Volunteer Services Director Tricia Degan said: "We are in need of more volunteers interested in working with our hospice patients. Requests for friendly volunteer visits has grown and we hope to be able to pair volunteers with our patients, providing a meaningful experience for everyone." Degan said there are many volunteer opportunities available that include working with patients and families as well as in-direct patient care. The list below has examples of each:
- Companion visits
- Pet and music visits
- Transportation for shopping or medical visits for patients who are able to get out
- Light housework or home repairs
- Veterans to visit with hospice patients who are veterans as part of the Niagara Hospice We Honor Veterans program
- Vigil Team volunteers
- Working with events and other fundraisers
- Help maintaining the Memorial Gardens
The agency's most immediate needs for volunteers are in the areas of making home visits to patients in the Lockport, North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls areas, visiting residents at Hospice at Jeanne's House at Northgate and at David's Path at Schoellkopf Health Care Facility, and certified pet visit volunteers. While visiting patients, volunteers may just talk, read the paper or a book to the patient, play cards or do other activities. They may also just provide a hand to hold while the family caregivers take a much deserved break. Anyone able to help patients by providing light homemaking duties is also encouraged to attend the training.
The April 4 and 5 volunteer training will
be held at Niagara Hospice at 4675 Sunset Drive in Lockport. Anyone interested
can contact the Niagara Hospice volunteer office at 280-0748 for an application
and to register. More information and volunteer applications are also available
at www.NiagaraHospice.org. Apply on-line here: Volunteer Application
Niagara Hospice has served over 25,000 Niagara County
residents and their families since 1988. Hospice is specialized care for the
terminally ill. Niagara Hospice provides supportive services to both the
patient and family - providing more comfort, dignity and choice.