Hospice program needs volunteers

Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers to work with patients and their families at the new Yadkin county SECU Hospice Home.

“Volunteers are an integral part of any non-profit hospice program,” said Sherry Milholand-Gibson, volunteer resources coordinator. “We depend upon dedicated men, women and young adults to assist our staff in providing excellent end-of-life care in patient’s homes, as well as at the SECU Hospice Home in Yadkin.”

Hospice volunteers provide a number of valuable services, including:

* supporting patients and families during their stay;

* manning the reception desk;

* maintaining the family rooms and kitchen;

* preparing snacks and coffee;

* creating welcome bags;

* stocking the hospitality cart;

* gardening and making flower arrangements;

* serving as a sacred vigil volunteer;

* serving as a feeding buddy;

* coordinating musical gifts;

* assisting with Veterans ceremonies;

* offering bereavement support and;

* promoting Kid’s Path.

Volunteers do not perform any hands-on care, such as bathing, bed changing, toileting, or shaving.

“We are particularly in need of volunteers who are military veterans, and we also need bilingual volunteers, as well as teens, ages 15 to 18,” said Milholand-Gibson.

Each prospective volunteer is required to attend a two-day training seminar. Training is free, and lunch, snacks and training materials will be provided. Finger printing and criminal background checks will be conducted on all applicants, and all volunteers must have had inoculations for flu and TB.

Volunteer training will be conducted on Tuesday March 14 and Thursday, March 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Attendance both days is required.

To register for training call Sherry Milholand-Gibson, at (336) 679-2466. For more information, visit the website at www.mtnvalleyhospice.org and click on Volunteer Services.

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