2009-09-03 / About Town

Visiting Nurse Services offers hospice volunteer training program

A six-week hospice volunteer training program will be offered by Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties at its Portsmouth office at 1184 East Main Rd. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning Sept. 17.

Hospice at Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties offers comprehensive end-of-life services to people with terminal illnesses, including Jamestown residents.

Hospice volunteers provide companionship, comfort, respite for caregivers, and also do errands or prepare meals. Hospice volunteers also help with special events, fund-raising programs and in the office.

Registration and interviews are required to participate in the program. No health care experience is necessary. Call Joy Benson, hospice volunteer coordinator, at 682-2100.

Deadline for registration is Sept. 10.

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