Weather Forecast

Click for Wauneta, Nebraska Forecast

Hospice Volunteer Training scheduled at Community Hospital in McCook PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 15:50

A hospice volunteer training is set for two Saturdays, March 5 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Community Hospital’s conference room. The free training is sponsored by Community HealthCare and Hospice, a service of Community Hospital in McCook. Please preregister by calling 308-344-8356. Lunch will be provided.

The training is available for anyone who would like to become a hospice volunteer, or for current hospital volunteers. Training covers topics such as family issues surrounding death and dying, stages of loss, communication skills and the role of the hospice volunteer. To be considered as an active volunteer, both sessions must be completed.

One of the most important aspects of a hospice program is the loving, caring and loyal volunteers. In fact, the Medicare hospice benefit is the only federally funded health program that mandates the use of volunteer services. Volunteers are essential to fulfill many different roles in hospice.

Hospice volunteers may:

•Sit with a client to give the family some rest

•Offer light housekeeping or laundry

•Help feed or read to the client

•Remind clients to take their medicine

•Run errands or do yard work

•Assist with upkeep of the client’s residence

Other services volunteers can provide:

•Assist the office with mailings and other duties

•Assist with fund raising and other activities

•Give presentations and help with marketing

Volunteers can work as their schedule allows, day or night, including weekdays and weekends. Men and women of all ages are needed who possess qualities such as compassion, empathy, good listening skills, resourcefulness, a nonjudgmental attitude, and dependability. Volunteers are needed throughout the nine-county hospice service area of Community HealthCare and Hospice, which includes Chase, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Hayes, Hitchcock and Red Willow counties in Nebraska.

Community HealthCare and Hospice is accredited by the Joint Commission. It is a Medicare/Medicaid-certified agency, licensed by the state of Nebraska. Home health and hospice services are provided without regard to age, sex, race, creed, ability to pay, religion, color, handicap, or national origin.