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Hospice San Luis Obispo County announces October volunteer training 

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County) is seeking community members to participate in a training program to become in-home volunteers. The training will equip participants to provide assistance to those coping with a life-limiting illness. The first of seven evening sessions begins Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 from 5–8 p.m. at Hospice SLO County, 1304 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo.

Hospice SLO County offers unique opportunities for community members who are looking to make a difference in the lives of others. As an in-home volunteer, participants will provide companionship, respite care, transportation, practical assistance, emotional support and comfort to individuals who are coping with a life-limiting illness. Requirements include compassion, open-mindedness, a healthy perspective on grief and loss, sensitivity to others and a commitment of two to four hours per week.

This comprehensive training covers attitudes about dying and death; hospice and palliative care; physical and spiritual pain; communication; family and community dynamics; and emotional and physical aspects of dying and death. Participants will examine their own relationship with dying and death in preparation to support others who face a life-limiting illness, death or grief.

The training is a prerequisite for volunteering with Hospice SLO County’s In-Home Respite Care Program and End-of-Life Doula Program. Preregistration is required. Space is limited. The training session spans five weeks and is on Mondays and select Thursdays. The dates are October 2, 9, 12, 16, 23, 26 and 30 from 5–8 p.m. Training is at Hospice SLO County 1304 Pacific Street, San Luis Obispo
To register or for more information visit the Hospice SLO County website or call (805) 544-2266.

Hospice of San Luis Obispo County (Hospice SLO County), a local, 501(c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer, non-medical hospice, has been providing county-wide in-home respite care, emotional support, practical assistance, and comfort to individuals who are experiencing the impact of a life-limiting illness for over 40 years. The organization also offers grief-counseling services, including individual, family and group counseling, to anyone grieving the death of a loved one. All Hospice SLO County services are provided at no charge and are supported through direct donations and fundraising events.



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