Hospice offering volunteer orientation

TROY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County invites interested community members to consider volunteering to support hospice patients and families. A new volunteer orientation is slated for Saturday, April 22.

Hospice volunteers play a vital role with the care teams serving hospice patients and their families, providing respite care, caregiver relief, companionship, shopping, delivery of medications and supplies, massage, beautician and barber services, and gardening.

Volunteers also serve as educators about hospice services in the community, create Memory Bears for loved ones, visit with pet therapy animals, and play a key role in honoring hospice patients who are Veterans. Volunteers also provide clerical and office support, serve as receptionists, assist with fundraising events and data entry.

“Our volunteers are essential to our mission to celebrate the lives of the patients and families we serve,” says Krissy McKim-Barker, volunteer coordinator for Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. “There are always opportunities for volunteers interested in direct patient contact and care to serve, with flexibility in the time and location they can serve.”

Located at 550 Summit Ave., Suite 101 in Troy, Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is currently serving an average of about 145 patients per day across Miami, Shelby, Darke, Champaign and Montgomery counties.

For additional information, visit www.hospiceofmiamicounty.org.