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For release: August 26, 2013

Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014,
Kelly Ward-Smith 330.344.1681,

Hospice of VNS offers fall volunteer training classes
Volunteers provide companionship to end-of-life patients

Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) will hold volunteer training classes on October 1 and 8 from 5–9 p.m. at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Copley. Participants are required to both sessions to complete training. There is no fee. Please register by September 20.

Volunteers are a crucial part of the hospice team that provides care for every hospice patient. They enhance the lives of patients and their families by providing companionship and support, such as sitting vigil beside a patient’s bed so a family member can rest, or reading aloud to a patient. They also assist with clerical work, make crafts for patient trays, and even weed gardens at the Hospice of VNS Care Center.

There is a specific need for volunteers to visit hospice patients in their homes or skilled nursing facilities throughout Summit, Medina, Portage and northern Stark Counties, as well as to assist with important functions at the Hospice of VNS Care Center, such as visiting patients, greeting families, clerical projects, fundraising and gardening (April – October). Hospice of VNS matches volunteer interests with program needs.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training covering such topics as the physical and emotional needs of patients and caregivers, spiritual aspects of care, the Hospice concept, comfort care issues, communications skills, active listening, and all aspects of death, dying, and grief and bereavement. New volunteers to the program are mentored by seasoned volunteers.

For more information on volunteering for Hospice of VNS, or to register for volunteer training, please call the Volunteer Office at 330‐668‐4650.

About Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service
Akron General Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service (VNS) is a nonprofit agency providing compassionate support for individuals facing serious or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Care is provided in-home, at nursing facilities or assisted living residences, and at the area's first freestanding Hospice Care Center, the renowned Justin T. Rogers Care Center on Ridgewood Road in Copley Township. Hospice of VNS is an affiliate of Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates (comprised of Advanced Infusion Services, Hospice of VNS, VNS Equipment & Supplies and Visiting Nurse Service). A member of the Akron General Health System, VNSA serves Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. For more information, visit

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