Hospice Circle of Love is offering a five-week volunteer class from 1-4 p.m. each Saturday beginning Aug. 27, and continuing Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, at 314 S. 3rd. After completing the classes a volunteer can choose to be a patient care volunteer. In this situation they would be assigned a patient and would continue with that patient/family throughout the assignment.

Patient care volunteers can work up to four hours a week. They can provide respite for the caregiver, read to the patient, or if the patient is able to get out, take them for a ride in the car.

Volunteers also go into nursing homes, where they can read to the patient or perhaps help feed the patient a meal. Volunteers are not required to do personal care or nursing skills. If the volunteer does not want to be a patient volunteer, they can be an office volunteer, answer phones, file and help with fund-raising events.

The class will provide information on the history of Hospice, communication skills, listening skills, the grief process and dealing with issues surrounding death and dying.

Pre-registration is required by Aug. 25. Contact Mary Ann McRoberts, volunteer coordinator, for information and an application will be mailed. Hospice Circle of Love was started in 1983 and is a non-profit agency.



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