Talbot Hospice trains 17 volunteers

Seventeen individuals recently completed comprehensive volunteer training at Talbot Hospice. From left, standing: Miguel Salinas, Peter Gallagher, Bruce Rahn, Kelly Henckel, Debra Rad Code, Lauren Harding, Abby West and J.H. Bahn; seated: Talbot Hospice Director of Volunteer Services Lori Miller, Melinda Simpkins, Lucy Miziolek, Joyce Jones, April Bahn, Claire Christy and Sheila Buckmaster. Not pictured are Steve Burleson, Cynthia McDonald and Beverly Sprouse.

EASTON — Seventeen individuals recently completed orientation and comprehensive volunteer training at Talbot Hospice. This specialized training provides in-depth understanding of the special needs of hospice patients and their families at end of life. Sessions focus on the hospice philosophy, listening skills, family dynamics, grief and loss, patient safety and more.

Talbot Hospice Executive Director Vivian Dodge said volunteers are a valuable part of the hospice team. “Talbot Hospice has more than 200 volunteers who contribute an average of 15,000 hours annually doing a variety of jobs such as hands on patient care in Hospice House, cooking meals, gardening, transporting patients to appointments, serving as companions in patients’ homes, answering phones and greeting visitors, to name a few,” Dodge said.

“Our volunteers enrich the lives of patients, families and staff each day in a multitude of ways,” Dodge said. “Their dedication, compassion and expertise are priceless. We welcome these new volunteers and thank them for joining our organization.”

Volunteer training occurs twice annually, and the next session will take place in October. For more information, visit TalbotHospice.org/Volunteer or contact the director of volunteer sServices at 410-822-6681.

Founded in 1981, Talbot Hospice is the premier resource for hospice, palliative care and grief support services in Talbot County.

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