Twice each year, Lovejoy Hospice of Grants Pass offers training to equip volunteers to support the organization’s holistic approach to end-of-life care. The next volunteer training will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 3 and 4, from 8 am to 5 pm, at Lovejoy Hospice, 939 SE 8th Street, Grants Pass.
Hospice provides multi-disciplinary professional care via nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors when pursuing curative treatment for a life-limiting illness is no longer the patient’s choice. Focus is on symptom/pain management and supporting the social, emotional, and spiritual needs for optimal quality of life in the final months, weeks and days.
“Volunteers play many important roles on the Lovejoy team, too,” says Mary-Anne Graham, Lovejoy’s administrative services manager. “Some provide companionship and support to patients and their families, including animal-assisted therapy, others help with events or in our office, and still others co-facilitate our bereavement support group meetings. We have opportunities for those who have a heart for hospice to share their gifts.”
The training sessions for Lovejoy Hospice volunteers cover topics including comfort care and the dying process, listening skills, pet therapy, patient rights, family dynamics, ethics and spiritual care. In addition, current Lovejoy volunteers will share their perspectives on the rewards and challenges of their work. The two-day training culminates with a “graduation” and reception with staff and volunteers.
For more information about Lovejoy’s volunteer program or to register for the October training, call (541) 474-1193.
Lovejoy Hospice, founded in 1981 as an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for profit community service organization, provides compassionate hospice care and bereavement services to adults and children in Josephine, Jackson and parts of Douglas counties. www.lovejoyhospice.org.
939 SE 8th St
Grants Pass OR 97526
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