Charity Hospice volunteer training class Wednesday

Charity Hospice of Wintersville is looking for “that special person” to become a member of its volunteer staff with a need in particular for patient volunteers in the areas outside the Steubenville and Wintersville areas.

Charity Hospice, which serves Jefferson, Harrison and parts of Belmont and Columbiana counties, is launching a one-day volunteer training class that will be held on Wednesday at Blessed Sacrament’s Sargus Hall in Wintersville from 8 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. with lunch provided.

“Volunteers are very important in the everyday function of a successful hospice organization,” said Steve Seminara, director of volunteers. “In particular, volunteers visit, encourage or just sit with patients and offer assistance to their families,” he said.

Other than patient care, volunteers participate in several different functions such as bereavement support, public relations, fundraising and office work.

“We need individuals who are caring and willing to give us a few hours a week,” Seminara said, emphasizing the need for veterans to attend the class “as they have so much to offer those patients who have served this country.”

Volunteers will receive training from Charity’s professional staff and other volunteers. Classes include hospice concept, communication skills, understanding grief, methods of ambulation, loss and bereavement, OSHA training and several other areas that include being familiar with stress and its effect on the caregiver and the importance of being present for an ill person and their loved ones at the most troublesome time of their lives.

Seminara said the volunteer experience can be rewarding and fulfilling. “The most important reward is just knowing you helped someone enjoy their final days. Our volunteers have expressed the joy and satisfaction they receive in helping others. It is time that cannot be replaced.”

Volunteers are the “lifeblood” of Charity Hospice’s existence with the volunteer program a requirement of Medicare. “Without those dedicated individuals, we just could not exist.”

For information on the class, contact Seminara at (740) 264-2280.