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Spring training slated at Niagara Hospice

by jmaloni

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Sat, Apr 18th 2015 07:00 am

Niagara Hospice has announced an opportunity to get out of the house after a long, cold winter.

Community members interested in experiences that make a positive impact on the lives of others, as well as their own, are invited to the next hospice volunteer training to be held from 1-4 p.m. April 28-29 at 1-4:00pm.

Niagara Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Allison Bolt said, "Volunteers provide much-needed companionship and support for our Niagara Hospice patients by visiting them in their home, or in the nursing home or assisted living facility. Volunteer activities include conversation and reminiscing; putting together puzzles or playing games; running errands for the family; or simply just holding a hand and listening. This is the essence of hospice care, and all you need is a caring heart and a passion for helping others."

Volunteer positions include patient-related and non-patient related jobs. Visits take place in the patient's or caregiver's home, at Niagara Hospice House, and at area long-term care facilities where hospice patients reside. Non-patient-related opportunities include helping with community outreach, clerical tasks and fundraising efforts of Niagara Hospice.

The agency's most immediate volunteer needs are in the areas of making home visits to patients in the Lockport, Newfane and Niagara Falls areas; and visiting residents at Rebekah's Pathway at OddFellows, Hospice at Jeanne's House at Northgate, and David's Path at Schoellkopf.

Bolt said more certified pet visit volunteers are needed. Information on how to get your well-trained pet certified will be provided at the training.

The April 28-29 volunteer training will be held at the administrative building on the Niagara Hospice campus at 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport. Anyone interested can call the volunteer office at 716-280-0748 for an application and to register. More information and volunteer applications are available at www.NiagaraHospice.org.

Niagara Hospice has served more than 21,000 Niagara County residents since 1988. Hospice is specialized care for the terminally ill. Niagara Hospice provides supportive services to both the patient and family, providing comfort, dignity and choice. For more information, call 716-439-4417 or visit www.NiagaraHospice.org.

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