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Volunteers for Hospice of the Valley honored

Staff reports

Barton’s Hospice of the Valley in Gardnerville recently held its volunteer appreciation lunch at Petrello’s Restaurant in Minden.

The lunch was held for the hospice staff to thank the volunteers for their time, commitment and dedication they exhibit as a volunteer in supporting the terminally ill and their families in the community, according to coordinator John Grady.

Hospice is a special kind of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families in the final stages of life. Hospice seeks to enable people to have a better quality of life, pain free, symptoms under control so they can spend their life with dignity at home surrounded by people who love them, Grady said.

Volunteers extend hospice service to the community and assist staff in delivery of care to patients. Volunteers are required to receive at least 20 hours of initial training, then continue training at ongoing monthly volunteer meetings.

Patient care volunteers are trained to provide practical support services to hospice patients and their families. Their work can include providing relief for the primary caregiver, grocery shopping, helping with meal preparation, running errands, reading to patients and writing letters for them.

Anyone with questions about the hospice program should call the office at 782-1510.