FREEPORT (WIFR) -- A new session of FHN Hospice volunteer training will begin Thursday, April 3 in Freeport.
FHN Hospice uses a team approach including patients, family members, nurses, social workers, home health aides, physicians, clergy and volunteers, all of whom work together to plan and coordinate care for terminally ill patients. “Hospice volunteers become a special and important part of this team,” said Sheryl Wolff, FHN Hospice volunteer coordinator. “They share the gift of themselves to make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families.”
The seven-week, 14-hour comprehensive training course for new volunteers provides information on all aspects of hospice care and hospice volunteering. It will equip volunteers with skills needed to provide compassionate care and companionship to terminally ill patients in their homes or in nursing homes, as well as prepare volunteers to help in the hospice office. Training includes classes on concepts of death and dying, grief, communication skills, stress management, infection control, safety and the bereavement process.
There is no charge for the training, but registration is required. The training sessions will be held Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. beginning April 3 and ending May 15; a light supper will be served at each session. Those who wish to become FHN Hospice volunteers must attend all the sessions, which will meet at the FHN Hospice office, 773 W. Lincoln Boulevard in Freeport. Attending the training does not obligate you to become a hospice volunteer.
FHN Hospice covers Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and part of Winnebago counties, and volunteers are needed for each of these counties. For more information or to register for the classes, call the Hospice volunteer coordinator at 815-599-7240.