Free training for hospice volunteers

Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice seeks volunteers willing to give their time to help a family that is providing end-of-life care for a loved one.  Hospice volunteers offer comfort and support while assisting a patient or family member with basic activities of daily life,

Fairview Lakes HomeCaring & Hospice also supports the “We Honor Veterans” program. The program provides two hours of special training for veterans who are interested in supporting fellow veterans in hospice care.

“Statistics show that 1,800 U.S. Veterans die each day,” explains hospice volunteer coordinator Tara Stein. “We find that hospice volunteers who are veterans have a unique ability to listen to and support other veterans at the end of life.

“Veterans share a common language and a cultural bond,” adds Stein. “Hospice patients who are veterans often find that another veteran understands them better than someone who hasn’t been in military service.”

Stein invites all prospective hospice volunteers, including those who are veterans, to attend two days of free hospice volunteer training Tuesday, March 6, and Wednesday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairview Chisago Lakes Clinic building, 11725 Stinson Ave., Chisago City.  The hospice program offers an additional two hours of training to individuals interested in the Veterans to Veterans program.

For information or to register for the training, call Tara Stein, 651-257-7840.

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