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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mountain States Hospice in Lebanon looking for volunteers

LEBANON, Va. – Mountain States Hospice is holding a two-day volunteer training on Aug. 28-29. Hospice focuses on patients in the last phases of life and provides loving support and care for them and their families.

The sessions will be held at 116 Flanagan Ave., Suite C, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The hospice office on Flanagan Avenue is located upstairs above McFarlane-Hillman Pharmacy. RSVP by Aug. 24 to samantha.hess@msha.com or call 276-883-8484 (ext. 8485).

Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Hospice volunteers work directly and/or indirectly with hospice patients and their loved ones. They may perform a variety of vital tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients, and providing breaks for patients’ family members.

The training gives volunteers the tools they need to interact with patients, care for the caregivers, identify areas where they might be useful, work with hospice nurses, chaplains and social workers, and further develop interpersonal skills.

All ages can volunteer, from teenagers to retirees, although there are restrictions on what tasks teens can perform. Volunteers will be required to have a flu shot and TB shot as well as a background check.  

Volunteering with Mountain States Hospice is a benefit not just to the patients but also to the volunteers, who are part of a very special community of givers. They are recognized and celebrated during National Volunteer Month and at Mountain States’ annual volunteer appreciation dinner.

“Being a volunteer for Mountain States Hospice is very rewarding,” said Frieda Pickett, a longtime volunteer. “Many of the clients I care for are in great need of someone to just come and sit with them, help them in small ways and provide conversation and friendship. They’re very appreciative and they tell me so. I’m grateful I have the time to do this valuable work.”