Hospice Compassus schedules training for non-medical volunteers

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hospice Compassus will be conducting training for persons interested in becoming non-medical volunteers, according to Janet Gard, executive director of the Branson office.

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at the Monett Hospice Compassus office, located at 845 Hwy 60, Suite A.

Hospice Compassus is recruiting non-medical volunteers to fulfill a wide variety of patient needs. Volunteers are most commonly used to provide patient and family support. To enhance the volunteer services available, Hospice Compassus has developed various programs designed to better meet the specific and unique needs of each patient. These include the Dream Team, the Veterans Caring for Veterans Project, the Chaplaincy Program and the ANGELS Program.

The Dream Team assists in transforming unfulfilled patient dreams into realities; the Veterans Caring for Veterans Project matches fellow veteran volunteers with veteran patients; the Chaplaincy Program gives volunteers the opportunity to focus more on the spiritual needs of patients; and the ANGELS Program provides patient and family support in the last hours of the patient's final journey.

Hospice Compassus also utilizes non-medical volunteers to assist with office tasks and as community

educators. There are also occasional needs for volunteers with a special skill or background, such as dentists, handymen, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, exterminators, barbers, hair stylists, massage, art, and music therapists, entertainers, shoppers to run errands, and restaurants and/or cooks to provide an occasional meal for a patient's family the day the patient arrives home from the hospital.

Upon completing the non-medical volunteer training on July 24, volunteers will have the option to attend the Chaplain's training and/or ANGELS training in August, 2012.

Opening its first hospice in 1979, Hospice Compassus is a family of community-based hospices. Their nationwide network is a vast resource, benefiting both patients and families. Hospice Compassus has a common culture around three core values: compassion, integrity, and excellence. Their primary goals are to provide the highest quality hospice care and service in every community in which they operate, and to be both the hospice provider of choice and the hospice employer of choice.

For more information regarding Hospice Compassus, visit www.hospicecompassus.com. For more information regarding Hospice Compassus volunteer opportunities in Barry and Lawrence counties, contact Ginger Harrison at 417-235-9097 or 417-593-0945.

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