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Hospice volunteers sought to visit patients

Published 4:24 pm, Thursday, February 14, 2013
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Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking volunteers to visit terminally ill patients in its hospice program.

The organization said it is looking for "caring and sensitive" people to participate in a five-session training course that would prepare them to visit patients and their families. They would provide emotional support, respite care and companionship.

Training is free, but registration is required.

The training course is planned from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on five consecutive days -- Monday, Feb. 25, through Friday March 1. The course will be at the Visiting Nurse offices in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park, 761 Main Ave. (Route 7) on the Norwalk /Wilton town line.

In addition to training in necessary skills, volunteers also receive ongoing support and supervision, the organization said.

"Hospice volunteers play a vital role in supporting our hospice patients and their families and are an integral part of the Hospice Care Team," Chris Urpin, the organization's volunteer coordinator, said in a news release. "The team works together to help patients live their last days in comfort with peace, dignity and grace."

She said hospice volunteers experience "a tremendous sense of satisfaction" in knowing they have made "a meaningful difference in someone's life."

For more information or to register call Chris Urpin at 203-834-6341, ext. 316.