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Hospice volunteers sought

Throughout the history of the hospice movement, volunteers have played an integral role in the delivery of care to patients and families.

It is so important to have a comprehensive orientation and training program that equips volunteers with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to excel in the many roles they play, Lower Valley Hospice volunteer coordinator Carol Bos said.

For members of the HeartLinks Care and Lower Valley Hospice interdisciplinary team, the number one priority is the patient and the family.

Hospice depends on both professional and volunteer workers to fulfill its mission to provide comprehensive end-of-life care wherever a patient calls home in Yakima and Benton counties.

It is widely recognized that volunteers provide the type of patient/family support that separates hospice from other types of health care agencies.

"With this in mind, we have developed an educational program that will provide us with a pool of both competent and confident volunteers," Bos said.

The training program provides an introduction to hospice and the volunteers' role in the patient's care and comfort.

The six to seven-week training is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 4, and will run each Thursday through May 9.

The 6 p.m. training sessions will be held at HeartLinks Care and Lower Valley Hospice's office, located at 3920 Outlook Road in Sunnyside.

For more information, contact Bos at HeartLinks Care and Lower Valley Hospice at (509) 837-1676 or carol@lowervalleyhospice.com.

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