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Impact the lives of hospice patients through volunteering

Hospital news | Monday, February 19, 2018

Prairie du Chien, WI - “If you are looking for a rewarding way to serve your community and connect with others, joining our hospice team as a volunteer may be just what you are looking for,” stated Brittney Miller, LMSW, APSW, Crossing Rivers Health Social Worker and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

Hospice volunteers work with the Crossing Rivers Health Hospice care team to provide patient and family support. They play an essential role in the program, by assisting staff with office tasks and providing social, spiritual, and bereavement support to patients and their families.

Miller said, “Volunteers also assist with tasks such as baking, crafting and creating cards for special occasions, knitting or crocheting- the list is almost limitless! No matter how they are involved, they touch the lives of many patients, families, and staff. We are so fortunate to have such compassionate people on our hospice team.”

To become certified as a hospice volunteer, individuals must attend 16 hours of training to help them understand the needs of the patient and the role of the hospice team. A training session will be held on Saturday, March 3, and Saturday, March 10, at Crossing Rivers Health, Prairie du Chien, each day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Haley Schroeder, LMSW, is also a social worker with Crossing Rivers Health Hospice and Homecare. She added, “Volunteers can dedicate several hours each week to a few hours each month. Hospice volunteers must be 18 years-of-age or older and complete a criminal background check.”

Individuals interested in participating in the hospice volunteer training sessions are asked to register online by Friday, February 23, at www.crossingrivers.org/hospice or by contacting Brittney Miller at 608-357-2446.

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