LEWISTON — Seven hospice volunteers have recently completed a 27-hour training course with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice.
Hospice volunteers support terminally ill patients and their families in a variety of ways – by visiting and providing companionship, giving a caregiver a break for several hours, doing errands or helping with special projects. Volunteers can support patients in their homes, in long-term care facilities and at the AHCH Hospice House in Auburn.

Recent graduates include Trina Burgess of Monmouth, Dot Cushman of
Bryant Pond, Sandra Decker of Farmington, Carolyn Graney of Bethel,
Marcia Matuska of Auburn, Albert Roberge of Lewiston and Sue Sturgis
of Minot.
Through speakers and special activities, the class curriculum explores a range of topics including the hospice philosophy, the needs of the terminally ill and their families, communication and listening skills, the impact of illness on the family, spirituality and grief and bereavement.
The next hospice volunteer training class is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Sept. 29. For additional information, contact AHCH Volunteer Services at 795-9580 or 1-800-482-7412.

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