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Hospice seeks volunteers, offers free training course

Thursday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. — RUTLAND — Rutland Area Visiting Nurse and Hospice (RAVNAH) will be holding its spring Hospice volunteer training course at the RAVNAH offices on Albert Cree Drive, across from Rutland Regional Medical Center starting in mid-March. They are recruiting people of all ages and backgrounds for this important work with patients and caregivers. Most of the visiting will be in patients’ homes, although some patients reside in assisted living or nursing facilities.

The free classes start on Thursday, March 17 and will be held over eight sessions through four weeks, meeting Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

There are currently 40 to 50 active volunteers who provide services throughout Rutland County and in the Manchester area. The training sessions will explore in depth the subjects of personal death awareness, planning and preparation for critical health care changes and dying, physical aspects of disease and dying, spiritual and emotional support to patients and families, cultural awareness, privacy and confidentiality when serving as a volunteer, and unique ways to assist patients with life limiting illness and disabling conditions.

For those wishing to enroll in the free Hospice volunteer training course or for more information about volunteer opportunities with Hospice, contact Hospice Volunteer Coordinator John Campbell at 770-1683 or by email at [email protected].

Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice is a non-profit, Medicare certified home health and hospice agency that provides a wide range of health care services to people of all ages who need home and community health services. For information on RAVNAH programs and services, call 802-775-0568 or visit

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