Volunteers are an important part of the hospice team, and Heyman HospiceCare at Floyd has planned a volunteer training session for individuals interested in helping families during this impactful time.

In the hospice care model, medical professionals provide care at home and in the hospital, social workers help connect patients and families to community resources and physicians provide medical guidance. Hospice volunteers provide the extra measure of compassion and assistance that families often need.

Volunteers with Heyman HospiceCare perform various duties, depending on the needs of the patient and the patient’s family, but the most important duty is companionship. Volunteers may sit with a patient while family members run errands, play a friendly game of cards, read aloud or take a patient on a short outing. Other volunteers help with household chores, work on arts and crafts projects or simply hold a hand or offer an encouraging word.

Heyman HospiceCare provides free training and volunteering is as simple as making a phone call. The next training session is planned for Monday, March 7, and Wednesday, March 9, at Heyman HospiceCare, 420 E. Second Ave., Ste. 105. Training sessions begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m.

To volunteer or to learn more about volunteer opportunities at Heyman HospiceCare, please contact April Camp at 706.509.3217.