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Hospice training planned at Shaw Center

Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle County on Saturday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the conference room of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center in Edwards.

The twelve hours of preparation, combined within the Saturday and Sunday sessions, is required to meet compliance standards of the non-profit organization. The direct-care training is provided to prospective Hospice of the Valley volunteers who would like to be of comfort to those with a terminal illness.

Training topics will include: dispelling hospice myths, how to be a good listener, care and comfort measures, guidelines for spiritual care, family systems, and understanding grief and bereavement. Gail Britt, volunteer coordinator and chaplain of Hospice of the Valley/Edwards, will facilitate the training.

“It’s difficult to imagine that in the final months, or even weeks of a person’s life, it is possible to live as well as one can. When a patient, surrounded by the comforts of home, family and friends, connects with our certified, direct care volunteers, and a staff who is versed in pain management and emotional and spiritual wellness, the patient’s quality of life, even as it approaches its end, can be a vivid and deep experience for both the patient and loved ones,” said Britt.

For more information email Gail at the Edwards office at gbritt@hchotv.org or call Home Care and Hospice of the Valley, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 970-569-7455.