WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care is looking for volunteers. The hospital is offering a three-day training session, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.
The three-day orientation will cover a variety of topics introduced by Hospice Care staff members. Training sessions will be held at the WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care, 202 N. Main St. in Coupeville across the street from the hospital.
“More volunteer support is needed for hospice and palliative patients on the entire island,” said Hospice Care Volunteer Coordinator Donna Selig. “Whether simply offering their quiet presence to allow the patient’s family some needed respite or engaging in a card game and hearing sometimes funny, sometimes touching life stories, the service is greatly appreciated by patients and families.”
Selig had her own experience with hospice care before becoming a volunteer herself. Working for more than 30 years as an RN, she witnessed the positive change such care had on patients, including her mother.
No special skills are required. Time commitments are flexible. Volunteers need to be 18 years or older, pass a background check and screening process, and participate in the three-day training.
• If interested, call WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care at 360-914-5635.