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Mountain States Hospice seeking volunteers

Staff Report • Feb 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Mountain States Hospice is seeking volunteers, and will offer a training session March 20-21.

No medical background is required, only a willing heart and 12 to 16 hours of training. The role requires compassionate, caring individuals who would like to bring a ray of sunshine, love and care into the lives of the terminally ill and their families.

Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) Hospice volunteers perform a variety of vital tasks, including administrative duties, spending time with patients and providing rest for a short time for patient family members.

“We have an average now of 62 patients and our need for volunteers is greatly increasing,” said Anna Crawford, RN, volunteer coordinator and hospice admission coordinator.

Hospice is focused on the patient and family and:

• Provides support and care for those in the last phases of life-limiting illness.

• Recognizes completing life is an important part of living.

• Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.

• Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their family caregivers.

Training on March 20-21 will be at the Mountain States Hospice Office, 101 Med Tech Park, Suite 100, Johnson City, Tenn., and lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

A background check must be completed, and volunteers are required to have a flu shot in order to serve.

“All ages can volunteer, from teenagers to retired people,” Crawford said. “It’s such a wonderful program. This helps the patient and is also very rewarding to the volunteer.”

To volunteer or for more information, call Crawford at (423) 431-6146 or email CrawfordAC@msha.com. Please RSVP by March 13.

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