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Hospice Volunteer Training - Monmouth County

07/29/2015

Barnabas Health Hospice will host a training program for individuals interested in becoming a hospice volunteer in Monmouth County. The program will be held on eight consecutive Thursdays, beginning September 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Monmouth Medical Center located, at 300 Second Avenue in Long Branch. (There will be no class on November 5.)

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 theNuts and Bolts of Volunteering. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be connected with patients in close proximity to where they reside.

Class size is limited. For more information, or to register, please contact Spiro Ballas, Barnabas Health Hospice, at 973-322-4866 or sballas@barnabashealth.org.

"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 volunteer opportunities and trainings, please visit www.barnabashealthhospice.org.

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