Mountain Valley Hospice seeking community volunteers

Staff Report

YADKINVILLE — The next Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care Volunteer Training will be held at the Yadkinville office and is scheduled for July 11 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hospice serves the needs of terminally ill patients and their families. The staff of Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care includes highly trained professionals from a variety of disciplines: Nurses, Home Health Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains, and Bereavement Counselors. Alongside paid Hospice staff, we are privileged to have the support of a dedicated group of people who give selflessly of their time and resources. These people are volunteers.

Whether involved in seeing patients, fundraising or working in the office, our Volunteers are involved in important work. They give of their time and talent because they believe in Hospice. They know and understand the value and the power of improving “quality of life to patients with a limited life expectancy and their families.”

Many of the volunteers have cared for someone they loved through serious illness. Hospice volunteers have “been there” and are sensitive to the need for privacy and confidentiality. Volunteers go through specialized training similar to paid staff. Families who use volunteers do not have to entertain them or clean house before they come. A volunteer may run errands for the patient or family, sit with the patient a couple of hours while caregivers take a much needed break, visit to provide emotional support to a fellow veteran, perform light household chores such as folding laundry or washing dishes, assist with pet care, or read or sing to the patient. These are just a few of the things our amazing volunteers can do to support the patient and their family during that final journey. The volunteers are there to help in practical ways, to care, support and supplement the care provided by our paid professionals.

For more information about becoming a volunteer or to claim a seat for the next training scheduled for July 11 and 13 in the Yadkinville office, contact the Volunteer Resources Coordinator Sherry Milholand-Gibson at the Yadkin office at 336-679-2466 or

All prospective volunteers must complete a training course specific to their role. In addition to basic training, each volunteer (that will be going into the home of patients), will be expected to complete a TB screening, receive annual flu vaccines, pass a criminal background check, complete continuing education, maintain active involvement in hospice programs and have access to dependable transportation with automobile liability insurance coverage.

Staff Report

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