Do you have a few hours a week or month to spare? Do you have a giving heart? Would you be a friend to a family dealing with a terminal illness? It is not as difficult as it may seem. Hospice of Lincoln County volunteers serve in many ways, such as reading to patients, writing cards and letters or just sitting quietly and being a friend, being someone to listen.
There are no actual â€œhands-onâ€ duties required of a patient volunteer, such as giving medications, lifting or personal care. Volunteers may run errands, provide transportation, or provide time away for the caregiver. A 12-hour hospice training is required for anyone who is interested in becoming a Patient and Family Support Volunteer, but is also available for anyone who is seeking information about Hospice care.
The local Hospice programwill begin Winter 2005 Patient and Family Support Volunteer Training session on Monday March 7, 2005. The sessions are 3 hours each and are from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hospice of Lincoln County office at 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton. For more information or to register for the Hospice of Lincoln County Volunteer Training, call Lori Montgomery at 704-732-6146.by Special to the LTN