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Regional Hospice Volunteer Trainings

Regional Hospice and Palliative Care is celebrating its 35th year of providing care, comfort and compassion to community members at their end of life. What began as a grassroots initiative by a group of volunteers in the medical community who wanted to promote quality of life over continued medical intervention, has blossomed into the flourishing non-profit it is today.

While a lot has changed over the years, the heart, caring and commitment of the volunteers has been unwavering. It continues to be a touchstone of the hospice services that the agency provides.

Regional Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life. They are male and female veterans, financial analysts, social workers, nurses, teachers, musicians and retirees. What they have in common is their desire to help others at a difficult time of life.

Hospice volunteers offer support and companionship for patients and their families in their home, assisted living residence or skilled nursing facilities, many of whom live in the Southbury community. These special volunteers are an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team, providing support to bringing joy to patients and easing the burdens of family members. They do not provide hands on care.

All volunteers receive extensive training, which includes information on the hospice philosophy in general, as well as the specific services provided by the Regional Hospice and Palliative Care team. The death and dying process is also reviewed in detail. An interview, references and a background check are required. The schedule for volunteers is very flexible. It can be twice a month or several times each week, depending on the volunteer's availability.

Trainings have been scheduled for March (evenings) and May (daytimes).

Volunteers especially needed to visit patients in their homes and skilled nursing/assisted living facilities in Bethel, Newtown and Southbury, as well as lower Fairfield County.

Think you have what it takes? Contact the Volunteer Department at 203-702-9558 to schedule an interview and fill out an application online at RegionalHospiceCT.org/Volunteer.

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