We are pleased to offer spiritual care and palliative care internships in Uganda as part of our partnership with the University of Notre Dame and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). Students spend part of the summer in Uganda assisting palliative care workers in their daily work. This summer, three Notre Dame students are interning in Uganda and are blogging about their experiences. To find out more, contact Mike Wargo.
Volunteers also play an important role at Center for Hospice Care. Most volunteers must complete a training program that includes:
- Hospice and palliative care philosophy and concepts
- Physiological and psychological aspects of serious illnesses
- Family dynamics and coping
- Communication and listening skills
- Emergency procedures
- Practical care-giving techniques
- Grief and bereavement
The training focuses on the hospice philosophy, communication skills, spirituality, family dynamics, patient care, bereavement, and much more. Following training, volunteers will assist patients and families in St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Fulton, Marshall, Starke, LaGrange, and LaPorte Counties with respite, transportation, laundry, errands and companionship in their homes, in Hospice House, the agency’s inpatient unit, or in nursing homes.