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Help for Health expands hospice program services

Sep 16, 2012 - From staff reports

Training set for Transition volunteers at noon on Oct. 8 at Riverton facility.

Help for Health Hospice is offering a new program called Transitions that is a free community service available to anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Transitions provides assistance to individuals and their families by providing professional case management and assistance.

Transitions utilizes specially trained volunteers who donate their time and offer supportive services to the program's client and family. Examples of services that Transitions volunteers provide are: friendship, help with errands, meal preparation, transportation and respite for family members.

A training will be held for current hospice volunteers interested in becoming Transitions volunteers at noon on Oct. 8 at Help for Health Hospice, 1240 College View Drive in Riverton.

For information about Help for Health Hospice's Transitions program or to register for the Transitions volunteer training, call volunteer coordinator Cyndi Hamilton at 856-1206 or e-mail helphospice_cha@wyoming.com.

An important part of the Transitions program is the friendship, assurance and support services that are vital to individuals faced with issues relating to their illness, treatment and outcomes, according to Help for Health.

Transitions provides case management services to identify client and family needs and offers assistance to fulfill those needs with referrals and links to community resources.

The information shared increases the likelihood that Transitions clients will receive appropriate medical and non-medical services from their community providers, according to Help for Health.

Community medical and non-medical providers also benefit from the monitoring services that Transitions offers. This unique program increases client communication with their caregivers and facilitates networking between providers to further enhance quality care.

Transitions services are available at no charge. Anyone with a life-limiting illness is eligible. Services are provided to patients in their own home, nursing home or assisted living facility.

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