The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 29, 2014

Hospice Circle of Love plans training class

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Hospice Circle of Love’s 30 volunteers make a difference in the lives of patients and their families on a daily basis.

The men and women provide respite for caregivers and companionship to patients themselves. They also assist with the organization’s annual fundraisers, which include two book sales, the Mint Julep Jubilee, a clay shoot and the Tree of Life celebration. In addition, they help with special events, such as flu clinics and health fairs and provide some support in the office. Each volunteer chooses the areas he or she would like to help with.

Circle of Love is planning a training class for anyone interested in joining the team. Participants need to attend two sessions, 1-5 p.m. Feb. 13 and 1-5 p.m. Feb. 20. Topics to be covered include hospice goals, services and philosophy, bereavement care, volunteer responsibilities, psychological issues surrounding terminal illness and privacy laws.

Medicare requires hospices to utilize volunteers for at least 5 percent of its direct patient care. Last year, Circle of Love’s volunteers gave 9 percent of the care.

“Our volunteers are a vital part of our organization. I can’t say enough good things about all they do. I know our hospice families really appreciate them as well,” said volunteer coordinator Julie Nelson.

To apply for the class, go online to hospice and email a request on the volunteer page or call Nelson at (580) 234-2273 to have an application mailed.