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To meet the growing demands of the hospice program and services at Springhill Assisted Living, Hospice of Chesterfield County will conduct a volunteer training program beginning Friday, Sept. 12.

Volunteers are needed throughout Chesterfield, Marlboro and Lancaster counties.

Volunteers perform a variety of tasks to help individuals and their families, depending on particular needs. Common tasks include yard work and minor repairs for hospice patients at home; reading to an individual or simply listening to the special stories and events in one’s life. Volunteers fill other roles, too. They assist with special events and provide assistance in the hospice office and at Springhill.

For volunteers who want to work directly with hospice patients and families, hospice offers a comprehensive training course. The course includes information on the emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of patients and their families. It also focuses on communication skills and the role of hospice volunteers with the patient and the family.

A training session is scheduled for Sept. 12, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.. Both sessions will be held at Springhill Assisted Living, located at 514 S. Gum St., in Pageland.

For more information and to register for the program, call Volunteer Coordinator Krista Lambert at 843-623-5110 or 800-572-9322.

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