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Volunteer drivers sought to help homebound

Published 5:06 pm, Thursday, January 3, 2013
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Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking volunteer drivers in Westport and Weston to help meet the transportation needs of homebound patients.

Participants in the organization's Samaritan Volunteers program use their own vehicles to drive patients to appointments and run errands such as picking up groceries or medical supplies, Visiting Nurse said.

Volunteers should be compassionate people, Visiting Nurse said, and must complete a two-session training course that totals eight hours.

The course is scheduled in Norwalk Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 10, from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

The sessions will be Visiting Nurse offices in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park, 761 Main Ave., near the Norwalk /Wilton town line.

The course covers Visiting Nurse policies, safety issues, different types of diseases and how best to accommodate patients within the scope of the program, the organization said. Volunteers get ongoing support and supervision from a volunteer coordinator.

"This program appeals to individuals who feel a genuine desire to help their neighbors," Chris Urpin, Visiting Nurse volunteer coordinator said in a news release. "These are special people who recognize that there is a tremendous need among those in the community who are not able to care for themselves at home without assistance."

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