Carroll Hospice is trialing a new volunteer training program with its upcoming session this June.
Instead of six weekly evening classes, the training will consist of two in-person classes, one at the beginning and one at the end of the session. In between, participants will complete online courses that range from about 20 minutes to 1 hour in length and cover topics such as understanding pain, compassionate conversations and the impact of grief. A short quiz is given after each online course to ensure the material is understood.
Volunteer coordinator Kim Benson says that this format is a way to reach those who have been interested in volunteering, but haven’t been able to commit to the weekly sessions because of work or home obligations. “It’s a way to reach more people,” she explains.
After the training session is complete, volunteers are qualified to offer companion care at a patient’s residence, whether that’s in a private home, nursing facility or at Dove House, Carroll Hospice’s inpatient facility. Visit our website to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
The next volunteer training session starts Tuesday, June 19, with an orientation session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an online training course, and a final class on Tuesday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call Kim Benson at 410-871-7228.