Section: Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice News

Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center Offers Volunteer Training

12/23/2013

Essex/Hudson/Union Counties, NJ – Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center will host two training programs for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer in Essex, Hudson or Union Counties.

The volunteer training program is designed to give participants an understanding of the needs of patients and families who are coping with advanced illness. Program topics include Hospice History and Philosophy, Hospice Nursing, Spirituality in Hospice, Personal Death Awareness, Listening, and the Nuts and Bolts of Volunteering. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be connected with patients in close proximity to where they reside.

For more information, or to register, please contact Spiro Ballas, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, at 973-322-4866 or sballas@barnabashealth.org.

The programs will be offered as follows:

  • Beginning January 27, 2014; from 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, West Orange
    Programs to be held on 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17 and 3/24
    (3/31 will be held as an alternate date in the event of inclement weather)
  • Beginning February 17, 2014; from 6:30 – 9 p.m.
    Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, West Orange
    Programs to be held on 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 and 4/14
    (4/21 will be held as an alternate date in the event of inclement weather)

Established in 1981, Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center has been privileged to serve more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. Specially trained experts in end-of-life care are honored to provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. Our programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family, while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health.

“In as few as three hours a week, volunteers can make a tremendous difference in the life of a patient coping with advanced illness,” explains Ballas. “Volunteers can read to patients, hold their hand, or just spend time with them while their loved ones take a breather. They are also a resource to families, typically helping by listening to their thoughts and concerns or assisting them with small tasks. When you volunteer for hospice you get back as much as you give.”

For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center, please visit www.barnabashealthhospice.org.

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