Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013
"Death is a natural part of life, but most people are not prepared or trained to support an individual who is dying, or their family. This is where carefully trained hospice volunteers come in”, stated Patty Burgess-Brecht, Founder of Teaching Transitions, an online hospice volunteer training company. As part of the hospice team, trained volunteers step up with much needed special assistance for patients and families such as running errands, sitting bedside and more. Teaching Transitions trains hospice volunteers online in a new and effective way that is gaining interest and momentum in the hospice industry.
Medicare mandates that hospice agencies use trained volunteers for 5% of total patient hours delivered. Though training is required, there are no standards, and most training takes place on a weekend or over several weeks, with varying hours, making scheduling difficult for potential volunteers.
“We’ve taken the mandated training to the next level, Burgess stated. We’ve brought it online, made it engaging, professional, and created a certification program.” Upon successful completion of the training, participants are granted the Certified Hospice Volunteer and Palliative Caregiver (CHVP) designation. In fact, says Burgess, this training can be offered to all volunteers and staff. There is no reason why volunteers and all staff cannot be certified-- from the receptionist to the hospice director.”
The online hospice volunteer training incorporates multi-media elements, such as traditional teaching, animations, music, films, videos, meditation, experiential exercises, audio interviews, testi
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