The Richmond Register

October 3, 2013

Hospice volunteers needed; training scheduled Oct. 12


Special to the Register

RICHMOND — Hospice Care Plus will host a training for new volunteers on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond.

Julie Hatfield, volunteer coordinator, along with other staff, will be on hand to take participants through all aspects of the care provided by the organization, including hospice, palliative and bereavement care.

Volunteers are needed in both patient care and administrative support, Hatfield said.

Patient care volunteers usually sit with patients to give caregivers a break, provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, read or do other activities with a patient, or offer support by phone. Administrative volunteers help in many ways, by making baked goods, helping with landscaping needs or flower gardens, answering phones in the Berea office or at the Compassionate Care Center in Richmond, or helping with a special event.

“Whatever you choose to do ― however you choose to be part of hospice ― you will be helping improve quality of life,” said Hatfield.

Volunteers can choose schedules and roles that work for their lives, she said. Some volunteer weekly, while others can only give a few hours a month.

“We understand how busy people are, so we try to make it easy to fit volunteering into your life. All we ask is that you commit to volunteering at least three to four times each year,” she said.

To register for the training, contact Hatfield at 626-9292 or hospice@hospicecp.org. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

To learn more about Hospice Care Plus, visit hospicecp.org. Hospice Care Plus is a nonprofit organization serving Estill, Jackson, Lee, Madison, Owsley and Rockcastle counties. All services are offered regardless of ability to pay.