Steward Hospice offers volunteer training in Fall River

Fall River, MA – Adults wishing to learn about the philosophy of hospice care and skills for providing companionship and support to Steward Hospice patients are invited to attend free volunteer trainings.

Steward Hospice volunteer coordinator Kim Urquhart notes that hospice volunteers provide a comfortable and supportive relationship to the terminally ill and their families throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. No prior experience is required.

“Our patients can be served by volunteers in their homes, assisted living facilities, and group homes throughout many communities within Massachusetts,” said Urquhart. “Moreover, volunteers can perform a wide range of services to patients and families, such providing companionship, reading, or simply listening. They may run errands, help write letters or create cards or scrapbooks, provide respite to a caregiver, or simply be a gentle presence.”

The program offers training in the philosophy of hospice care, as well as a comprehensive overview of services offered by the hospice. It includes the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual issues that people can encounter at the end of life, with a special emphasis on effective communication and listening skills. 

Area residents, age 18 and older, including Portuguese-speaking adults and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, with day, evening, or weekend availability, are welcome to apply.

Two-day trainings are held at Steward Home Care and Hospice, 275 Martine St. (Route 6), Fall River, near the Westport line. There is no charge. 

To attend or learn more, call Kim Urquhart, volunteer coordinator, 781-915-9409.

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