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Hospice of Eastern Maine plans volunteer training course

BANGOR, Maine — Hospice of Eastern Maine has scheduled its 2013 volunteer training course 12:30-4:30 p.m. over six consecutive Mondays, Oct. 7-Nov. 11, at Eastern Maine Medical Center Healthcare Mall, 885 Union St.  HOEM invites caring men and women who feel called to companion neighbors who are terminally ill to apply for a space in this fall’s class.

HOEM volunteers are compassionate people of all ages and walks of life who share their time and friendship with people who have a six-month or less life expectancy. Volunteers live in a 25-mile radius of Bangor and give from two to four hours of time a week when assigned to a patient. They serve both HOEM and Community Health and Counseling Services Hospice patients and are members of an interdisciplinary group that plans and delivers patient care. 

Our comprehensive training course will help participants better understand the dynamics of the end-of-life process and prepare them to effectively provide companionship, emotional support, respite, and bereavement care for hospice patients and their families.

Hospice is holistic care that focuses on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their family caregivers. Trained professionals provide the physical, psych-social, and spiritual aspects of care while hospice volunteers offer companionship and comfort care, such as, actively listening, talking, playing games, reading, writing letters, recording memoirs, preparing a meal, or driving to appointments. Volunteers are usually assigned to only one patient and family at a time.

Hospice of Eastern Maine is Bangor’s oldest hospice and has been meeting the end-of-life needs in local communities since 1981. HOEM is a program of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses and part of Eastern Maine HomeCare.

For more information about becoming a patient care volunteer or to learn about other volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Eastern Maine, please call Wayne MelansonVolunteer Manager at 973-8269 or e-mail wmelanson@emh.org. Aspiring patient care volunteers must complete an application and interview prior to Oct. 4.  Class size is limited to 16.

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