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FHN Hospice Volunteer Training Begins August 27

Freeport, Illinois — A new session of FHN Hospice volunteer training will begin Monday, August 27 in Freeport.

Volunteers are a special and important part of the FHN Hospice team, offering companionship, relief for caregivers, help with running errands and delivering supplies, singing with the FHN Hospice singers, walking dogs, sewing memory bears and fidget quilts, recording life stories, and much more. Volunteers may also assist with clerical services at the FHN Hospice office in Freeport.

The seven-week, 14-hour comprehensive training course for new volunteers provides information on all aspects of hospice care and hospice volunteering. It will equip volunteers with skills needed to provide compassionate care and companionship to terminally ill patients in their homes or in nursing homes, as well as prepare volunteers to help in the hospice office. Training includes classes on concepts of death and dying, grief, communication skills, stress management, infection control, safety, and the bereavement process.

There is no charge for the training, but registration is required. The training sessions will be held Mondays from 2:30 – 5 p.m. beginning August 27 and ending Oct. 8. Those who wish to become FHN Hospice volunteers must attend all the sessions, which will meet at the FHN Hospice office, 773 W. Lincoln Boulevard in Freeport. Attending the training does not obligate you to become a hospice volunteer.

FHN Hospice covers Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, Ogle and part of Winnebago counties, and volunteers are needed for each of these counties. For more information or to register for the classes, call the Hospice volunteer coordinator toll-free at 1-877-6000-FHN (1-877-600-0346) ext. 960.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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