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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Hospice volunteers needed in Ardmore

  • Aspire Hospice is offering community hospice volunteer training for those in the Ardmore area.


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  • Aspire Hospice is offering community hospice volunteer training for those in the Ardmore area.
     
    Ginger Veal, Aspire Volunteer Coordinator, said volunteers play a vital role in hospice services.
     
    “Many people who are terminally ill don’t have family close by— someone to check in with them daily,” Veal said.
     
    “The need for hospice volunteers is great and we have a special appreciation for those who give of themselves by serving as hospice volunteers — they are key members of our hospice care team.”
    What exactly does a hospice volunteer do?
     
    Veal said volunteers assist hospice in a variety of ways including:
    • Provide companionship, support and assistance to patients residing at home, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals and other inpatient care centers
     
    • Make personal items that bring comfort to patients
    • Provide comfort and support to patients and their families
    • Provide support for emotional and spiritual needs of patients
    • Provide grief and bereavement support
    • Assist hospice office staff
    Becoming a volunteer is a simple way for a person to show they care sharing their time, talents and skills. It can be vastly rewarding experience and Veal said through their efforts volunteers also give healthcare professionals something essential — time.
     
     
    “The assistance of a volunteer allows our healthcare professionals to devote more time to providing exception care to our patients and their families,” she said.
     
     
    Because the volunteer role is so crucial, Veal said training is essential. Training sessions include information on the goals and philosophy of hospice care, as well as the care and comfort of hospice patients.
     
     
    Training sessions are scheduled for:
    • Saturday — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carter County Health Department, 405 S. Washington St.
    • June 14 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, 410 W. Main St.
     
     
    To reserve seating call Veal at (580) 695-9976 or Dawna Williams, medical social worker at (580) 775-7189.
     
     
    To ask questions about the training or becoming a volunteer call Veal or stop by Aspire’s Ardmore office, located at 1234 Merrick Drive.
     

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