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Providing Quality and Compassion in End of Life Care: Free palliative care volunteer training courses offered in Stonewall and Pinawa this Fall

Providing both quality and compassionate care for people whose medical condition does not respond to treatment can be one of the most complicated challenges faced by family and friends caring for a loved one.

Palliative care focuses on comfort and quality of life; it emphasizes the philosophy of providing comfort at end of life. Volunteers are essential members of the palliative care program, providing emotional support and companionship to clients and their family care givers in hospitals, personal care homes and in the home, assist with administrative tasks, dignity therapy transcription, memory trees, public relations and community awareness.

"I volunteer to be a good example to my kids and to give to my community.  Palliative care is an essential service that I knew nothing about prior to getting involved. I'm a selfish volunteer because I am certain I get more from my volunteer work than I give.  I have learned so much and met so many selfless, compassionate, and authentic people.  Volunteering with palliative care makes me happy and hopefully I am in some way helping people who are using palliative care services." – Jen, PC volunteer

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s palliative care volunteer training course provides 16 hours of comprehensive training to help those providing end of life care as volunteers or as part of care for a loved one. The course consists of eight modules that will provide the basic skills for taking on the role of a palliative care volunteer such as:

  • An overview of palliative care and the role of the volunteer
  • Building effective communication skills
  • Responding to loss and grief and the psychology of death and dying
  • Providing emotional/psychological and spiritual support

These free palliative care volunteer courses will be offered in the communities of Pinawa and Stonewall this Fall. See below for more details:

STONEWALL
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Stonewall & District Health Centre
Multi-purpose Room
1:00 p.m. to 3:300 p.m.
Beginning October 16th
Registration before October 10th

PINAWA
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Pinawa Hospital – Multi-purpose Room
12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Beginning November 20th
Registration before November 9th

 Spaces are limited. For more information or to register, please contact Interlake-Eastern RHAs palliative care volunteer coordinator and community liaison, at 1-855-494-7369 or smliotte@ierha.ca

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