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Iowa River Hospice offers volunteer orientation

September 5, 2013

The Iowa River Hospice will hold volunteer orientation sessions beginning Sept 10.

The five consecutive Tuesday evening classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the hospice office, 502 Plaza Heights Road in Marshalltown ending on Oct. 8. Volunteer orientation will help provide a better understanding of hospice in general and assist in preparing those who attend to actually volunteer for Iowa River Hospice if they so choose.

"We could not do what we do without our volunteers," said Marilee Lawler, executive director of Iowa River Hospice. "They are truly priceless."

Could you be a friend to a family dealing with end of life issues? Would you be available to sit with a patient, so the care giver could go shopping, get a haircut, see the doctor or go out for lunch? How about sewing, gardening, helping with newsletters, greeting visitors, baking cookies or assisting with errands. These are a few of the many things our volunteers do for Iowa River Hospice. If this sounds like something you could do, this training will help you acquire the tools to help family, friends and/or neighbors. Information will be provided on the hospice concept, hospice services, expectations for becoming a hospice volunteer and responsibilities of hospice team members. A tour of the Iowa River Hospice Home will also be provided.

Hospice provides end of life care to those whose treatment regimen has changed from cure to comfort. Volunteers are a vital part of any hospice program. Across the country, volunteers carry out the mission of hospice having recognized the opportunity to meet the needs of others. Hospice volunteers help people with an end of life illness remain comfortable in their own homes and support the families who care for them.

"I have learned more about myself by serving others," said volunteer Ruth Dolash. "I respect the entire staff for the work they do. They all make me feel appreciated for helping when I can. The volunteer classes are excellent."

There is no cost to the training and nursing CEU's are offered for a $10 fee. Those completing the course are under no obligation to serve the hospice program.

For more information, call Iowa River Hospice at 641-753-7704 by Sept. 3rto register. Information is also available at the Iowa River Hospice office in Marshalltown.

Iowa River Hospice serves a 40 mile radius of Marshalltown and is proud to be a member of Marshalltown Area United Way and South Tama County United Fund. See us on the web at



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