Seventeen individuals recently completed orientation and comprehensive volunteer training at Talbot Hospice. This specialized training provides in-depth understanding of the special needs of hospice patients and their families at end of life. Sessions focus on the hospice philosophy, listening skills, family dynamics, grief and loss,patient safety, and more.
Photo: Standing (l-r): Miguel Salinas, Peter Gallagher, Bruce Rahn, Kelly Henckel, Debra Rad Code, Lauren Harding, Abby West, and J.H. Bahn. Seated (l-r): Talbot Hospice Director of Volunteer Services Lori Miller, Melinda Simpkins, Lucy Miziolek, Joyce Jones, April Bahn, Claire Christy, and Sheila Buckmaster. Not pictured: Steve Burleson, Cynthia McDonald, and Beverly Sprouse.
According to Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge, volunteers are a valuable part of the hospice team. “Talbot Hospice has more than 200 volunteers who contribute an average of 15,000 hours annually doing a variety of jobs such as hands on patient care in Hospice House, cooking meals, gardening, transporting patients to appointments, serving as companions in patients’ homes, answering phones, and greeting visitors, to name a few,” said Dodge. “Our volunteers enrich the lives of patients, families, and staff each day in a multitude of ways. Their dedication, compassion, and expertise are priceless. We welcome these new volunteers and thank them for joining our organization.”
Volunteer training occurs twice annually, and the next session will take place in October 2019. For more information, visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer or contact the Director of Volunteer Services at 410-822-6681.
Founded in 1981, Talbot Hospice is the premier resource for hospice, palliative care, and grief support services in Talbot County.