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Hunterdon Hospice Will Offer Training for New Volunteers

Hunterdon Hospice has been providing care to families in this community for over thirty years.  When someone we love is seriously ill, we all want the best care possible. Hospice is a special kind of care that provides effective treatments, along with skillful attention to comfort. When a family receives hospice services, a whole team of people are assigned to see that they receive the most complete and comprehensive care possible; and an incredibly important member of that team is the Hospice Volunteer.  Hospice volunteers receive training, which teaches them about what hospice care is and it prepares them to provide support to patients and their families.  Many of our volunteers work in our office, some help with our fundraisers, and some volunteers help us deliver supplies when patients need that.  All volunteers are equally important.  Hunterdon Hospice is now accepting applications for its fall training program.

Volunteers provide valuable emotional support to both patients and families and keep families connected to the community.  They fill many of the gaps and help wherever needed, such as providing respite to caregivers and family members, running errands, being a companion to the patient, and helping with household tasks.   “Our volunteers are such amazing people and are always willing to help out however needed.  When families are in need it is the little things in life that are important.  Volunteers form relationships with their patients and the patients’ loved ones. They provide whatever support is needed to enable the family to continue to function,” explains Joy Stump, Volunteer Coordinator for Hunterdon Hospice.  Stump added, “I continuously hear from our volunteers about how helping out with Hunterdon Hospice helps them keep life in perspective. They always tell me how surprised they are by how much joy and happiness doing this work brings them.  They experience moments of laughter and friendship. Patients teach them about life and how to live your life with courage, dignity and always hope. Our volunteers go home at the end of the day knowing they have helped make a difference in someone’s life.”

The training program covers all aspects of volunteering so the volunteer is prepared to be with patients and their families.

Hunterdon Hospice is a Medicare-certified, non-profit organization, which coordinates home-based supportive services in the homes of its patients. Training classes meet from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Fridays starting October 5th and will go through November 2nd.  The classes will be held at the Hospice Office located at 215 Route 31 South in Flemington.

To arrange for an interview contact Joy Stump, Volunteer Coordinator at 908-788-2573 or e-mail her  To learn more about Hunterdon Hospice, log onto our website 

GSWS honors Marge Chavooshian


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