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Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany is seeking volunteers to provide support to patients and their families.

Hospice volunteers step in when the caregiver — often family or friends — needs a break to take care of themselves. Or, if the patient does not have family in the area, volunteers could be called upon to visit with one of the hospice patients.

Volunteers might also run errands like picking up medication, taking a beloved pet to the groomer or going grocery shopping. There are many ways that volunteers enhance the services provided to hospice patients.

“Volunteers can add an appreciated layer of ‘normalcy’ as they are non-clinical and often provide the opportunity to visit with patients about world events, reminisce about family experiences or explore new interests,” said Hospice Director Karen Daley.

Volunteers are needed for all areas of Linn County and Benton County, but especially in Sweet Home and Brownsville. Military veterans are also needed as volunteers to help with patients who are veterans, and male volunteers are needed for patients who prefer a male volunteer.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training and are matched to patients and situations that will benefit both the volunteer as well as the patient and their family.

For those interested, contact Nichole Chamberlain, volunteer services coordinator at Samaritan Albany General Hospital,at 541-812-4185 or by email at nchamberla@samhealth.org.