Eleven residents from Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties recently participated in the Hospice of Queen Anne’s (HQA) patient care volunteer training program. Completing this program is the first step toward joining the team of volunteers who provide emotional support and practical assistance to hospice patients, families and caregivers.
The comprehensive training program taught by HQA staff teaches volunteers how to companion a patient at the end of life, and provides knowledge and skills volunteers will use to enhance comfort and quality of life.
Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Hospice of Queen Anne’s, says, “Volunteers in training explore their own feelings about death and dying as they learn how to be with a people at one of the most vulnerable times in life.”
Volunteers who wish to provide direct patient care continue their training by spending several hours with patients in the Hospice Center in Centreville under the supervision of a clinical team member. Providing grief support requires additional training for volunteers who want to become bereavement volunteers, vigil volunteers or grief support facilitators.
Hospice of Queen Anne’s volunteers also help with administrative tasks, serve on events committees and staff Estate Treasures, an upscale boutique in Chester that raises funds for hospice services.
Hospice of Queen Anne’s is located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. To find out more about volunteer opportunities with Hospice of Queen Anne’s, visit www.hospiceofqueenannes.org and click on “Ways to Give/Volunteers.” Also call Courtney Williams at 443-262-4112 for more information.
Photo: Members of the community who participated in the spring 2014 volunteer training program for Hospice of Queen Anne’s included (left to right), standing, Oakley Osborn, Connie Cole, Betty Ballas, Charlotte Carroll, Heather Flamer, Kelley Dierking and Beverly Jones; seated: Judy Webber, Patty Lake, Lisa Watson and Dora Hanna.