Arbor Hospice Announces Volunteer Training Sessions in Ann Arbor
Posted: July 23, 2013
Arbor Hospice is hosting a new round of training sessions for volunteers who are interested in bringing comfort and companionship to patients facing life-limiting illnesses, and their families. From August through October, three training sessions will be held at The Residence of Arbor Hospice at 2366 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Volunteers play a key role in Arbor Hospice’s mission to provide the highest quality of comfort and support in patients’ homes within the community. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available, including patient companionship, caregiver relief, facilitating pet therapy patient interaction, music visits or administrative support.
In keeping with health care industry guidelines, Arbor Hospice provides a total of 18 hours of training to ensure volunteers are fully prepared to assist patients, as well as provide a brief respite to caregivers. Comprehensive training sessions are being offered on the following dates:
Two series of sessions are available for individuals interested in volunteering at The Residence:
· Aug. 19, 21, 26 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Aug. 28 from 1p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
· Oct. 21, 23, 28, 30 from 5 – 9 p.m.
For those interested in helping patients within their homes in Washtenaw or Livingston counties:
· Sept. 23, 26, 30 and Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Arbor Hospice will identify make up dates to reschedule prospective volunteers who cannot make every date during the training series.
“Volunteers play an essential role in Arbor Hospice delivering quality care to our patients and caregivers,” said Gloria Brooks, president and CEO of Arbor Hospice. “The experience that comes along with volunteering at Arbor Hospice is memorable and fulfilling.”
Over the course of the training sessions, volunteers will learn about the differences between hospice and palliative care and how to interact with Arbor Hospice patients and families. This will include communication techniques, active listening, overcoming cultural differences, and gaining an understanding on how spirituality and grief affect patients and families. Reporting and documentation requirements and varying guidelines for visiting patients in long term care facilities and in their homes are also explained.
For more information about Arbor Hospice’s volunteer opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.794.5396.
About Arbor Hospice, The Arbor Hospice Foundation and Arbor Palliative Care
Since 1984 Arbor Hospice, headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI, has been committed to providing quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout southeast Michigan. Arbor Hospice is integrated into the community with the help of its experienced staff and caring volunteers through its certified hospice and palliative care services, inpatient hospice facility, grief support services and community education programs. For more information, visit www.arborhospice.org or call (888) 992-2273.
With offices in Ann Arbor, Monroe, Plymouth and Woodhaven, Arbor Hospice serves patients and families in conjunction with:
- The Arbor Hospice Foundation, which provides financial and philanthropic support to advance the mission of Arbor Hospice. Founded in 2002, The Arbor Hospice Foundation strives to meet the ongoing needs of patients and families served by Arbor Hospice through the generosity of individual donors, corporate partners and foundation support. To make a tax-deductible contribution or for more information visit https://www.arborhospice.org/foundation-donation/donate-today or call (734) 794-5338.
- Arbor Palliative Care, a consultative service of Arbor Hospice founded in 2012, is designed to provide comfort care to people who are not hospice eligible or who choose not to enroll in hospice. Physicians and nurse practitioners, who specialize in palliative or comfort care, work with patients’ physicians to assess and address pain and other distressing symptoms associated with advanced illness. Patients who are at least 18 years of age with uncontrolled symptoms are eligible for this in-home care. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (734) 794-5678 or toll free (855) 249-5678.
Arbor Hospice and The Arbor Hospice Foundation are tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations annually serving more than 9,000 patients and families in Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
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