Volunteer Training for Pathways Hospice Starts in November, Touch Lives in Extraordinary Ways as a Hospice Volunteer

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Pathways Hospice is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers on Saturday, November 12, 2011 and Saturday, November 19, 2011. Hospice volunteers help people facing terminal illness and the course covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss.

Touch Lives in Extraordinary Ways as a Pathways Hospice Volunteer

A short visit, a listening ear, reading a book, a simple walk—no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression on our hospice patients and their families.

Pathways Hospice is providing training for those interested in becoming hospice volunteers on Saturday, November 12, 2011 and Saturday, November 19, 2011. Each session runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm. We especially need volunteers from the Milpitas, South San Jose, Central San Jose, Oakland, and Berkeley areas.

The training course is held at the Pathways Hospice, offices at 333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 700, Oakland, CA 94621. Pre-registration is mandatory and volunteers must attend both sessions. Once training is complete, assignments and schedules are tailored to the volunteer’s geographic and time commitment preferences. The volunteer coordination team at Pathways Hospice works to balance family and patient needs with volunteer availability. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. No previous hospice experience is required.

Hospice volunteers help people facing terminal illness and the course covers the basic principles of hospice, understanding the special needs of patients and their families, effective communication, patient care, pain and symptom management, spiritual care giving, and understanding grief and loss. Hospice volunteers are trained in listening skills, family dynamics and the right words to say to patients and their loved ones at the end of life.

After completing the class, volunteers can provide respite for caregivers, offer companionship for the patient, run errands and help families and patients in many meaningful ways. Residents of the Bay Area are encouraged to join the Pathways Hospice supportive and rewarding volunteer program, where they can contributor their unique interests, skills, and talents.

“We often hear from our Pathways Hospice volunteers about how much satisfaction they get from working with patients and their families,” “said Sage McCollister, Manager of Volunteer Services. “A short visit, a listening ear, reading a book, a simple walk—no matter what the activity, the gift of time leaves a lasting impression on our patients and their families.”

Pre-registration is mandatory and volunteers must attend both sessions. For more information or to enroll call Sage McCollister in our East Bay offices at (510) 613-2017, or email smccollister(at)pathwayshealth(dot)org, or visit http://www.pathwayshealth.org

About Pathways Home Health & Hospice
http://www.pathwayshealth.org/
Pathways Home Health & Hospice is a non-profit community based organization. Founded in 1977, Pathways now serves over 5000 families annually in five Bay Area counties. We care for patients in their place of residence, whether it be their home, hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility. Affiliated with El Camino Hospital and Sequoia Hospital since 1986, Pathways is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of the Visiting Nurses Association of America, California Hospice & Palliative Care Association, and the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.

Donations received from the community by Pathways Home Health & Hospice provide services that would otherwise not be available, including 24/7 access to a specialized team of care providers, family bereavement counseling and support, integrative therapies, caregiver support, comfort care, and funding for under- and uninsured patients.

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