AHS program offers palliative care volunteer training

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Palliative care volunteers work within a diverse team of health care professionals who support the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones. Palliative care is any form of medical care or treatment that concentrates on reducing the severity of disease symptoms rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for patients facing serious, complex illness.

Palliative care volunteers are needed at many health centres throughout central Alberta, especially in Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, Olds, Innisfail and Drumheller.

Interested individuals must complete 10 hours of education and training prior to volunteering. Training provides an understanding of the medical care provided in the palliative care process, and prepares volunteers for how patients and families may respond emotionally.

A palliative care volunteer training course and information session will be held Oct. 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Room 3401 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, 3942 50A Ave. Training will also be available through Telehealth at the Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, 6910 47 St. There is a $10 course fee that covers refreshments for participants.

Contact the Volunteer Resources office at 403-343-4715 ext. 2 to register for training.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.9 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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