Hospice of Warren County sets training sessions for spring

Hospice of Warren County, the only non-profit hospice in the county, is scheduling annual training sessions for new volunteers beginning Wednesday, March 12.

Hospice will hold eight weekly classes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through April 30.

Volunteer Coordinator Vonnie Radecki said volunteer training is only offered once a year.

“Anyone with an interest in volunteering with hospice, now is the time,” she said.

“It’s critical that we have volunteers,” Radecki added. “Medicare requires volunteers to be a part of the care plan for all of our patients.”

Volunteers can participate with hospice in a number of ways including office work, monthly bereavement telephone calls and direct contact with patients either at home, at the hospital, at a skilled nursing facility or at the Hospice House.

“There’s quite a variety depending on someone’s comfort level and interest,” she said, adding that volunteers offer support and encouragement to residents in Warren County. “Hospice proves the loving and expert care. It’s important that we have a good pool of volunteers.”

Hospice has grown in size and scope over the past 34 years. Initially serving only terminally ill patients and families, the agency now utilizes expertise to benefit people at any stage of a serious illness, not just the terminal stage.

Hospice offers the following services, most at no cost to the patient or family: palliative care, grief and loss support, DeFrees support, John and the Orphia Blair Residence.

For questions or to request an application, contact Radecki at 723-2455 no later than Feb. 15.