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Hospice In Danbury Hosts Training Sessions For New Volunteers

Regional Hospice and Home Care will host training sessions for new volunteers.
Regional Hospice and Home Care will host training sessions for new volunteers. Photo Credit: Facebook/Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western CT

DANBURY, Conn. -- Regional Hospice and Home Care in Danbury will host training sessions for new volunteers.

The non-profit agency is hosting training sessions March 30-31, April 1-2 and April 6-8 at its new Center for Comfort Care & Healing, 30 Milestone Road, Danbury. Classes are from 6-9 p.m.

Anyone interested should contact Mary Beth Hickey, volunteer manager, at 203-702-7415 or by e-mail at mhickey@regionalhospicect.org for an interview and to fill out an application.

Registration with an interview is required in advance of the class session, and attendance at all dates is mandatory to become a Regional Hospice volunteer.

“We are looking for compassionate, caring people who are interested in helping families who have a loved one receiving end-of-life care,” Hickey said.

Volunteers are needed in a number of capacities, including Family Support, Pet Partners, Pet Peace of Mind, Lobby Greeters at the new Center, Community Bereavement Volunteers, Children’s Bereavement Volunteers, Kitchen Volunteers, Administrative Volunteers and Fundraising/Chapter Volunteers. Some positions are located in the new center; others include visiting some patients in their homes or other residences, such as assisted-living facilities and hospitals.

In particular, Regional Hospice seeks veterans to volunteer as they launch its We Honor Veterans program, which will match the veteran volunteers with veterans in the care of the hospice.

Training includes information on the hospice philosophy in general, as well as the specific services provided by the Regional Hospice team. The death and dying process is also reviewed in detail. An interview, references and a background check are also required.

“The schedule for volunteers is very flexible,” Hickey said. “It can be a few hours or a few days each week, depending on the volunteer’s availability.”

Regional Hospice’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years.

For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org.

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