NMMC Hospice to Train Volunteers
WEST POINT, Miss.—The North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Program is seeking volunteers in the West Point and Clay County area to visit patients and families in their homes and at the hospital. NMMC Hospice provides home hospice services to patients in their own home as well as inpatient hospice services at NMMC-West Point.
The NMMC Hospice Program will offer a training workshop from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Nov. 16, at NMMC-West Point, 150 Medical Center Drive. Volunteers will serve in their own communities and will be called upon as needs arise.
“Many families are overwhelmed by the terminal illness of their loved one, the emotional stress of caregiving, and the responsibilities that go with it. They desperately need someone to talk to or sit with their sick family member,” said Sandra Gordon, NMMC Hospice Volunteer Coordinator. “Oftentimes they just want someone to listen. Our volunteers act as liaisons between the Hospice patient, the caregivers and the professional health care staff. They provide nurturing and emotional support to our patients and their family members during this critical time in their lives.”
Volunteer duties consist of running errands and shopping, respite sitting, providing companionship and other tasks. Interested individuals, including those who are unable to attend the Nov. 16 workshop, are asked to call Gordon at (662) 377-3612 or 1-800-852-1610.