Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County seeks caring and sensitive individuals to serve as hospice volunteers.

Those who are interested may register to participate in a five-week hospice volunteer training course beginning March 16 and continuing through April 20. Training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital at I-Park, 761 Main Ave.

Hospice volunteers visit terminally ill patients and their families and provide them with emotional support, respite care and companionship. In training, hospice volunteers develop the skills necessary to work with patients and families and are provided with ongoing support and supervision.

"Hospice volunteers play a vital role in supporting our hospice patients and their families and are an integral part of the Hospice Care Team. The team works together to help patients live their last days in comfort with peace, dignity and grace," Barbara Mortimer, volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, said. "Hospice volunteers also work closely with grieving families to help them through the bereavement process. There is a tremendous sense of satisfaction in becoming a hospice volunteer. It is gratifying to know that you are truly needed and that you have made a difference in someone's life."

For more information, or to register for the five-week training course to become a hospice volunteer, contact Mortimer at 203-834-6341, ext. 316.

A nonprofit community organization for 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides professional nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice care for individuals and families in Darien and throughout Fairfield County. Visit www.visitingnurse.net.

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