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The Suburbanite
  • New volunteers sought for Aultman Hospice, training offered

  • Aultman Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide compassionate support to those journeying through their final stages of life and their families. No experience is required, because training is provided.

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  • Aultman Hospice is seeking volunteers to provide compassionate support to those journeying through their final stages of life and their families. No experience is required, because training is provided.
    Free training is at Aultman Woodlawn on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 5-May 21.   Attendance at all sessions is required. Call 330-479-4805 by April 28 to register.
    Aultman Hospice Program Volunteer Coordinator Becky Shafer, said, “It’s truly about living and a deep appreciation for every moment that takes place throughout life’s journey.”
    “Our volunteers offer their personal interests and life experiences to help hospice patients and families throughout their journey.  Their service is as rewarding to them as it is to the community,” she said.
    Volunteers can be as hands-on with patients and their families as they wish. For example, volunteers can:
    sit with patients and provide caregivers with a few hours of respite time;
    provide a presence, offer emotional support;
    assist with life reviews, writing letters, making greeting cards and other keepsake items for loved ones;
    work in an administrative role in the office;
    run errands or provide light housekeeping;
    make baked goods for the family;
    serve as a bereavement buddy;
    and much more
    “No matter what the task, volunteers are the heart of our program. It’s through their compassionate support that we are able to fulfill our mission – to provide exceptional care and support to all people who are at the end of life,” Shafer said.
    Volunteers with good daytime availability are needed.   Both male and female volunteers are enormous assets to our program, she added. 
    Aultman Woodlawn is located at 2821 Woodlawn Ave. N.W., Canton. Call 330-479-4805 or e-mail Shafer at  HYPERLINK "mailto:rshafer@aultman.com" rshafer@aultman.com to register.