March 17, 2006
Oswego County Hospice Begins Spring Training Program
OSWEGO -- Oswego County Hospice will offer a six-week volunteer training program beginning April 20. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.
Oswego County Hospice provides emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families faced with a terminal illness. The 36-hour training program includes classroom instruction on grief and bereavement issues to help volunteers serve Hospice patients and their families.
Experienced Hospice volunteers will participate by sharing their experiences with the new students. Other Hospice instructors include Dr. Dennis Norfleet, Medical Director of Oswego County Hospice, the Rev. Bill King, Volunteer Pastoral Care Coordinator, staff from SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the staff from Oswego County Hospice.
“The unique aspect of Hospice is how volunteers with different experiences and backgrounds come together to fit the needs of the patient,” said Joan Sullivan, N.P. patient care coordinator for Oswego County Hospice. “Volunteers act as an extension of the patient’s family. They help out physically, emotionally and spiritually, whatever it takes to bring comfort to the patient.”
Volunteers help with transportation, shopping and household tasks, and assist in the Hospice program office in Oswego. They also help organize Camp Rainbow of Hope, a unique bereavement program at Camp Hollis for Oswego County children who have experienced the death of a loved one.
For more information or to register for the volunteer training program, call 349-8259 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 8259.
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