Five people have completed the 30-hour RTA Hospice Volunteer Education Course. This prepares them to serve RTA Hospice as volunteers. They are: Myra Johnson, Fonda Harnoski, Linda Willowbrook, Kathy Lucas and Faye Hoppenrath.
Each of the 10 sessions of the volunteer education course offers specialized training for volunteers so that they may provide relief services for the caregiver and emotional support to the patient, caregiver and family.
Topics covered during the training included: concepts of death and dying, managing personal stress and understanding bereavement.
Patient care volunteers give four to six hours a week to care for terminally ill patients and their families. Bereavement volunteers work with families after the death for a one-year period.
Administrative support volunteers assist with office and clerical work for four to eight hours a week, and special-projects volunteers provide support for Hospice's special activities, such as office help, bulk mailings, and special fund-raising events.
Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families, thus allowing patients to live their final days with their families in comfort, dignity and peace.
For more information about volunteering with RTA Hospice, call Kelley Fanizza, Hospice's volunteer coordinator, at 472-6340, or stop by the office at 107 E. Frontier St.