SHERIDAN — Sheridan Memorial Hospital’s Hospice of the Big Horns will have a volunteer training beginning in December. The training will consist of four sessions, which will extend into January 2016.

Volunteers have flexible hours and can participate in various ways: helping out in homes, in the hospice office or at various activities throughout the year.

Topics will include the history and philosophy of hospice; the role of the hospice team; being a healthy caregiver; developing good listening skills; how to be present and companioning the dying and the bereaved; the role of spirituality in hospice; good body mechanics and safe transfers; blood borne pathogens and pain control; signs and symptoms of approaching death; and confidentiality and family dynamics.

Participants will also learn about the aspects of grief, bereavement and helpful things to say to those who are bereaved.

Volunteer training is a screening process for both the participant and hospice to see if they are a good fit with the final decision being made at the completion of training.

Volunteers provide respite in hospice homes so that caregivers can take a break, rest or run errands for up to six hours a week.  Hospice works around volunteer schedules and the needs of the hospice home.

For more information and an application packet contact Cindy Baker or Candice Casey at the hospice office at 672-1083.