Hospice Volunteer Training

By WBNG News

Hospice Volunteer Training

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) In 2013 why not consider becoming a Hospice of Chenango County Volunteer? There is always a need for dedicated, compassionate men and women to assist the Hospice team in the care plan for a patient and their family.

A Hospice Volunteer candidate is required to take a 23 hour training which encompasses topics surrounding the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death and dying. Hands on patient care is never assigned to a Hospice Volunteer. Instead you will be prepared to sit with a patient, listen to caregiver concerns, run errands, provide emotional support, help a patient capture their memories on audio or video tape, or recognize the service of a military veteran enrolled in the Hospice program.

Training dates and hours are being decided now taking into consideration the schedules of the volunteer trainees. Kendall Drexler the Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice will facilitate the training. “I’d like people to know that becoming a Hospice Volunteer is not a scary proposition. You shouldn’t automatically rule yourself out because you think you can’t do it. The purpose  of the training is to educate and make people comfortable with our mission.”

Drexler matches Volunteers with patients depending on availability, interests, location, and need. To find out more about becoming a valuable part Hospice, and helping a patient and family on their end of life journey, contact Drexler at the Hospice office at 334-3556 before April 1st.

Hospice of Chenango County is a non-profit health support agency that cares for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals facing the end of life. Family Caregivers also receive support and are an integral part of the Hospice team which includes nurses, social workers, a bereavement coordinator, and a pastoral care coordinator. Those who would like more information or are ready to make a referral to the Hospice program should contact their office Monday thru Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.