Bangor, Maine Northern Light Home Care & Hospice (formerly Hospice of Eastern Maine) has scheduled a 6-week spring volunteer training course on Mondays, April 13th ~ May 18th, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., at the Northern Light Health Mall, 885 Union St., Bangor. We need positive, responsible, caring men and women throughout Penobscot County to help neighbors living with a life limiting illness. New volunteers are especially needed in the smaller towns throughout the county.
Northern Light Home Care & Hospice volunteers are compassionate individuals of all ages and backgrounds who share their time and friendship with the patients and families they serve. They generally provide 2 – 4 hours of support per week when assigned to a patient.
Our free comprehensive training course is designed to help trainees better understand the dynamics of end-of-life and prepare them to effectively provide companionship, emotional support, respite, and bereavement care for hospice patients and their caregivers.
Hospice is holistic care that focuses on the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of patients and their family caregivers. Trained professionals provide the physical, psych-social, and spiritual aspects of care while hospice volunteers offer companionship and comfort care, such as, attentive listening, talking, playing games, reading, writing letters, recording memoirs, preparing a meal, or driving to appointments. Volunteers are generally assigned to one patient and family at a time.
For more information about becoming a patient care volunteer with Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, please call Wayne Melanson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 275-2110 or e-mail [email protected] Aspiring patient care volunteers must complete an application and interview prior to April 9th.
Wayne P. Melanson
Northern Light Home Care & Hospice
Northern Light Health
885 Union Street, Suite 220
Bangor, Maine 04401