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Patient support volunteers are needed

Updated 12:12 pm, Monday, November 12, 2012
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Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County is seeking mature, compassionate individuals to serve as patient support volunteers, who visit homebound adults who may be experiencing loneliness, personal loss, bereavement, life transitions or chronic illness and provide companionship and counseling for one hour a week.

Those who are interested may register to participate in a three-session training course Nov. 27, 28 and 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the offices of Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County in Suite 114 at the Health and Wellness Center of Norwalk Hospital, 761 Main Ave., Norwalk.

"The program's goal is to help individuals maintain a sense of independence and remain active and connected to their communities," said Chris Urpin, volunteer coordinator for Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County. "In most cases, these one-on-one relationships develop into special, long-lasting friendships."

"The Patient Support Volunteer Program is an ideal opportunity for active adults who wish to volunteer their time in a meaningful way," added Urpin. "It provides the chance to give back to the community and establish personal connections that are vital and rewarding."

For information or to register, call Urpin at 203-834-6341, Ext. 316.