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Hospice Announces Volunteer Training

North Country Home Health and Hospice Agency will hold their annual hospice training at Littleton Regional Hospital in Littleton on Tuesday nights beginning Sept. 2. New volunteers are always needed to meet the growing number of patients and families in the 22 communities served.

The six-evening, 18-hour training prepares volunteers by expanding their understanding of the hospice program, the needs of the dying, pain management and comfort care, grief and bereavement and communication with the hospice family. There is no charge to participate in the training program.

Volunteers provide important services to hospice families. They serve wherever patients reside: in their own home, an assisted living center, nursing home or during a period of hospitalization. They offer emotional support and companionship, help with routine tasks, run errands, grocery shop, prepare meals, wash laundry and do light housekeeping or reminisce and record life stories. Volunteers may also assist staff in the hospice office or participate in community outreach and fundraising. Many share special talents such as Reiki, massage, pet therapy or music therapy and aromatherapy.

Hospice is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people who are facing a life-limiting illness which no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Patients' needs and wishes are met through a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support and volunteer service.

The philosophy of hospice is based on the belief that providing support and comfort for individuals at the end of life protects dignity and allows patients to remain as active as possible and to live a higher quality of life.

Pre-registration is required. For additional information, contact Sue Buteau, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for North Country Home Health and Hospice, at 603-444-5317 or

Bob Ryan NNEKY

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