Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking caring and sensitive individuals from Wilton to serve as hospice volunteers. Those who are interested may register to participate in a one-week (M-F), five-session hospice volunteer training course beginning Monday, July 9 and continuing through Friday, July 13.

Training will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health & Wellness Center at I-Park, 761 Main Ave./Rte. 7 near the intersection of Kent Road on the Norwalk/Wilton town line.

Hospice volunteers visit terminally ill patients and their families and provide emotional support, respite care and companionship.  In training, hospice volunteers develop the skills they will need to work with patients and families and are provided with ongoing support and supervision.

“Hospice volunteers play a vital role in supporting our patients and their families,” said Laurie Petrasanta, volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. “They help patients live their last days in peace, with dignity and grace.  Hospice volunteers also work closely with grieving families to help them through the bereavement process,” she continued, adding, “There is a great sense of satisfaction in becoming a hospice volunteer.”

A non-profit community organization for more than 100 years, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County provides skilled nursing and support services, senior care management, physical rehabilitation, health education, community wellness programs and compassionate hospice and palliative care for adults and children in Wilton and throughout Fairfield County. The agency is a preferred provider of home health care and hospice services for the Western Connecticut Health Network. Visit them online or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information, or to register for the five-session training course to become a hospice volunteer, contact Petrasanta, at 203.834.6341, ext. 316.