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New Hope to hold hospice volunteer training session

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EDDINGTON, Maine — New Hope Hospice will hold a hospice volunteer training session beginning on Thursday, April 10, and ending on May 8, at the office at 1344 Main Road in Eddington.

The training sessions will be held on all Thursdays. On April 10thApril 24th and May 8th, the sessions will be daylong, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. The sessions for April 17 and May 1 will be held 1-4 p.m.

This comprehensive 24 hour training session is designed to sensitize volunteers wishing to work with terminally ill patients and their families to the physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of those dealing with the impact of end of life issues.

Hospice volunteers are vital members of the interdisciplinary team, which is also comprised of doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers and clergy to meet the individualized needs of patients and families.  Volunteers bring the crucial element of the human touch to the team. Their main role is to provide respite support and help with practical issues such as errands, house work, transportation and any specific projects or tasks that are meaningful and important to the patient and family. Hospice volunteers use excellent listening skills and must be comfortable working as part of a team.

A screening interview and application process are required prior to the training.  There is no fee to attend.  If you wish to know more about becoming a volunteer, please contact Mary Doherty R.N. or Constance Eye at (207) 843-7521, or email us at ceye@newhopehospice.org.