Interested in providing respite and support for people with terminal illness and their families? You can receive the training you need this fall through a course offered by the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties’ Hospice program. This 10-week course, which starts Sept.12, will be held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 pm at the VNA main office at 1110 Prim Road in Colchester.
Registration is open and runs until Aug. 29. The $25 fee covers materials and snacks. For those who wish to volunteer at the VNA, there will be a required orientation session on the 11th week following the training course.
This curriculum, presented in a safe and supportive environment, features topics including Introduction to Hospice and Palliative Care, Patient and Family Unit of Care, Communication, and Grief and Bereavement. Each session begins with a presentation on a topic and continues with a facilitated smaller group discussion.
“The hospice volunteer training is invaluable,” says VNA’s Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Erica Marks. “It really helps people think about their feelings toward death and helps them be more prepared for decisions they face with family members as well as for themselves.”
For more information on the spring hospice volunteer training, contact Hospice Volunteer Coordinators Daniel Wilds or Erica Marks at 860-4411or visit www.vnacares.org.