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Mercy Care seeks hospice volunteers

  • Thursday, July 31, 2014

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care is in need of volunteers to help families in Horry County.

Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses.

Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories.

Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers can also give administrative support, assist with special events and provide community outreach by sharing Mercy Care’s message.

Prospective volunteers must complete orientation. Upcoming orientation sessions will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 27 and 29 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care, 8216 Devon Court in Myrtle Beach.

Sessions will cover the basics of hospice care, communication skills, spirituality at the end of life, veteran-to-veteran volunteering, dealing with grief, advance care planning and more.

For more information or to register for volunteer training, contact Bridget Thomason, community outreach coordinator, at 843-848-6493 or email bridget.thomason@lcfh.org.

Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care is the oldest, community-based, nonprofit hospice in Horry County. For more than 30 years, it has provided the highest quality care to patients and families dealing with advanced illnesses. Lower Cape Fear Hospice Mercy Care serves Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties.

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