The smallest amount of time can make a big difference in the life of a Hospice patient and their family.

Hospice volunteers come from all walks of life – retirees, homemakers, farmers, veterans, business owners and many others. The one thing they have in common is a desire to help others during end of life care.

Redwood Area Hospital Hospice serves clients within a 30-mile radius of Redwood Falls. The hospital is currently looking for volunteers to serve local communities, including Sleepy Eye, Springfield, Belview, Fairfax, Lucan, Morgan, Morton, Sanborn, Lamberton, Wabasso and Redwood Falls. 

“While we are in need of volunteers in all of our communities, we have a greater need for volunteers in the Springfield, Sleepy Eye, Belview and Lamberton communities right now,” said Samantha Loomis, Redwood Area Hospital volunteer coordinator.

The Redwood Area Hospital’s annual hospice volunteer training course will be Feb.22-23 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. This class helps new volunteers understand the grief process and the needs of the terminally ill. No medical experience is required to be a hospice volunteer.

At the completion of training, volunteers may be asked to visit with clients, provide respite and support for family members, such as shopping or household duties, or other duties to support clients and their families. Some volunteers prefer to assist with hospice office functions, such as mailings and fundraising.

The role of volunteers is so important that Medicare requires every hospice program to have trained volunteers on its team.

State and Medicare regulations dictate the training a volunteer must receive prior to seeing clients. Training will cover basic techniques in patient care, understanding of the disease process, communication skills, bereavement, spiritual care and other topics.

If you are interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, contact Loomis at (507) 637-4668. Those interested are asked to register by Feb. 15 to attend this training session.

In addition to volunteer training, Hospice speakers are available to any organization or group interested in learning about Hospice.

More information about Redwood Area Hospital hospice program can be found at www.redwoodareahospital.org.