Volunteer Training

Panel of volunteers speaking about their roles as hospice volunteers at a recent training.

Hospice volunteers may work with patients in the Hospice House, serve as home companions, prepare meals, maintain the gardens, assist with administrative duties and staff the reception desk.  

For volunteers who work directly with patients and their families, 16 hours of training are required.  The following topics are included in this training which are state requirements:

  • The purpose and philosophy of hospice care
  • The role of the volunteer in hospice
  • Concepts of death and dying
  • Communication skills
  • Care and comfort measures
  • The physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues related to death and dying
  • Patient rights
  • Confidentiality
  • Bereavement
  • Infection control
  • Safety
  • Stress management

The rewards for being a hospice volunteer are immeasurable. It is necessary to register in advance to ensure your space.  For more information please contact Ginni Blackiston, Director of Volunteer Services at 410-822-6681 or gblackiston@talbothospice.org.

Training Dates

The next general training will take place in the evenings of October 14, 16, 21, 21, and 28, 2019. For more details, please contact Ginni Blackiston, Director of Volunteer Services, at 410-822-6681 or gblackiston@talbothospice.org.