ASHLAND Community Hospice will hold a two-day Volunteer Orientation course on July 24-25.
Sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at the Ironton, Ohio Community Hospice office located at 2029 South 3rd St.
Although volunteers are needed for a variety of duties, there is a particular need for those interested in providing short in-home caregiver breaks, emotional support and visitation, nursing home visits, companionship and reading.
Andrea Arnett, director of volunteer services, said Community Hospice is also looking to recruit volunteer chaplains—anyone with spiritual care background—along with veteran volunteers.
“When we have veteran patients we try to match them up with a veteran volunteer so that they can share stories and kind of have someone that really understands some of the things that they've been through in their life,” she said.
Volunteers determine when and how often they are available to assist—there is no minimum amount of hours required. Community Hospice's nine county service area includes Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio along with Boyd, Greenup, Carter, Lawrence, Elliott, Martin and Johnson counties in Kentucky.
Arnett said the volunteers play an important role, noting they make a huge impact on the end of life care for patients along with the supportive care for families.
“They are offering support to patients and families really in some of the most trying times that a family faces,” she said.
Community Hospice currently has more than 200 active volunteers. All volunteers must complete the required training to be certified.
Those interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer or wishing to reserve a space at the orientation can contact Arnett at (740) 532-8841, (606) 329-1890 or 1-800-926-6184.
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