Pella Chronicle

March 14, 2013

Make a difference, be a Hospice of Pella volunteer

The Pella Chronicle

---- — Volunteers are the heart of hospice. They are members of the community who donate their time in service of the patients and caregivers that Hospice of Pella serves.

The goal is to match a volunteer’s strengths and interests to the needs of the patients and caregivers.

Hospice of Pella has scheduled the next six-week training class for Tuesday mornings from 9 - 11:30 am from March 19 – April 23 at the Comfort House. The deadline to sign up is March 12. To sign up, or for more information, call Hospice of Pella at 641-620-5054.

All hospice volunteers are required to complete the hospice volunteer training class. Each class will give you the chance to learn more about the hospice program and philosophy as well as explore your own feelings about life.

The class is taught by experienced hospice staff members and experts in other disciplines.

Beth Loux, volunteer coordinator for Hospice of Pella of Pella Regional Health Center, oversees the volunteer program for hospice, including recruitment, training and matching volunteers to assignments that fit well with their gifts.

Many times the role of the volunteers is behind the scenes, but the full scope of all that the volunteers do is commendable.

Whether it’s reading to a patient, weeding the garden or running much needed medication to a hospice patient in their home, the volunteers are an important part of the team.

“Volunteers truly become part of the hospice team and through their caring and compassion our patients and their families are able to live each day to its fullest,” said Loux.