Hospice volunteers needed in Sleepy Eye - training available.

Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life—retirees, homemakers, farmers, veterans, business owners, and many others. The one thing they have in common is a desire to help others during end of life care.

Redwood Area Hospital Hospice serves clients within a 30 mile radius of Redwood Falls. The hospital is currently looking for volunteers to serve local communities, including Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Belview, Fairfax, Lucan, Morgan, Morton, Sanborn, Lamberton, Wabasso, and Redwood Falls.

Redwood Area Hospital’s annual hospice volunteer training course will be Feb. 22 and 23, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This class helps new volunteers understand the grief process and the needs of the terminally ill. No medical experience is required to be a volunteer.

At the completion of training, volunteers may be asked to visit with clients, provide respite and support for family members such as shopping or household duties, or other duties to support clients and their families.

The role of volunteers is so important that Medicare requires every hospice program to have trained volunteers on its team. State and Medicare regulations dictate the training a volunteer must receive prior to seeing clients. Training will cover basic techniques in patient care, understanding of the disease process, communication skills, bereavement, spiritual care and other topics.

Those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer should contact Karen Melges at 507-637-4668. Please register by Feb. 20 to attend this training session. More information about Redwood Area Hospital hospice program can be found at www.redwoodareahospital.org.