Hospice volunteer training for residents starts Oct. 14 | VailDaily.com

Hospice volunteer training for residents starts Oct. 14

EDWARDS — Hospice of the Valley will host comprehensive training sessions for volunteers in Eagle County on Oct. 14, 16, 21 and 23. The four required evening sessions, to occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m., are offered to participants 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,” Britt said.

If you have an interest in attending these classes or have any other questions, please email Britt at the Edwards office at gbritt@hchotv.org, or call Home Care and Hospice of the Valley, Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at 970-569-7455.

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