BENNINGTON - VNA & Hospice of SVHC will begin a nine-week training session on Sept. 19 for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Participants will meet every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (call for exact location). The course is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attending the training does not obligate you to volunteer.

The goal of the training is to help define the role of a hospice volunteer. It covers the history and philosophy of hospice, team building, help with communicating effectively, ways to manage death, dying, and bereavement and concepts of spirituality.

After the training, hospice volunteers can fill a variety of roles at VNA & Hospice of SVHC. There are opportunities to play an administrative role - helping with mailings, copying, or other office work - or to be involved in patient care. Volunteers perform tasks such as staying with a patient so the family can take a break, providing companionship to hospice patients and their caregivers, assisting hospice patients and their families with meals and offering bereavement support.

For more information, or to register for the training, call Mary Pleasant at 802-442-5502.

The VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation in patients' homes throughout Bennington County. The VNA & Hospice of SVHC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont and nearby communities in N.


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