LEWISTON — Volunteer support has been an integral part of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s services for 40 years. The program is now recognized as one of the most extensive, nonprofit, home health care volunteer programs in Maine.

Volunteer opportunities include visiting patients on home care or hospice services, providing respite for caregivers, bereavement support and facilitating grief groups, Hospice House greeters, patient support and kitchen work, grocery shopping and medication pick-up, transportation, office work. Volunteers specializing in complementary therapies such as pet therapy, Reiki, massage, music and art are also welcome.

Upcoming volunteer training

Bridgton: Hospice Volunteer Training  will begin Monday, April 13, at Bridgton Hospital conference room, 10 Hospital Drive.

Training will focus on how to provide companionship and support to terminally ill patients and their families. It will also cover topics on family dynamics, disease process and spirituality.

Lewiston: Bereavement, Facilitator Volunteer Training. Bereavement One-on-One Volunteers receive 12 hours of training April 14, 15, 21 and 23; Bereavement Facilitators, 12 hours of training May 19, 20, 26 and 28. Sessions will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Lewiston Office, 15 Strawberry Ave.

All training is free. To register or for additional information, contact Volunteer Services at 795-9580 or 1-800-482-7412, ext. 1280. For more information on Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, visit www.AHCH.org.

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