Sheridan Memorial Hospital Hospice Team training sessions begin in January

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Do you have a healing heart or hands? Sheridan Memorial Hospital is preparing for its Hospice Team volunteer trainings four consecutive Mondays beginning in January from 5-8 p.m. at the hospital. Volunteers have flexible hours and can participate in various ways: helping in homes, in the hospice office or at various activities throughout the year. Volunteers provide respite in hospice homes so hat caregivers can take a break, rest, or run errands for up to six hours a week. Training topics will include the history and philosophy of hospice, the role of the hospice team, being a healthy caregiver, developing good listening skills, how to be present and companioning the dying and the bereaved, the role of spirituality in hospice, good body mechanics and safe transfers, blood borne pathogens and pain control, signs and symptoms of approaching death, and confidentiality and family dynamics. Participants will also learn about the aspects of grief, bereavement and helpful things to say to those who are bereaved. Volunteer training is a screening process for both the participant and hospice to see if the participant is a good fit, with the final decision being made at the completion of training. Call Cindy Baker or Candice at the hospice office 672-1083 for more information. #dally #news