Volunteer training offered at Northern Illinois Hospice

Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center will offer direct care volunteer training from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Nov. 3 at the hospice office, 4215 Newburg Rd.

Direct care volunteers work closely with patients and their families, offering companionship and friendship during an important end-of-life transition. Hours of care are based on the availability of volunteers and the needs of the patients and families.

The training will include such topics as: Hospice philosophy and concept, listening and communication skills, confidentiality, loss and grief, medical issues of terminal illness, infection control, legal aspects/psychological aspects of dying, patient and family needs, the funeral home, spirituality care, and volunteer responsibilities and reporting.

The cost of the 10-week training is $25. For information, contact Regina Schick at (815) 398-0500.

From the Aug. 24-30, 2005, issue

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