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New volunteers train for ADORAY Hospice

New ADORAY volunteers, front row, from left: Randy Booth, Baldwin; Angel MacMenamin, Hudson; Terry Hetenbach, Maiden Rock; Mike Lifto, Maiden Rock; Mary Munson, Dresser; Holly Booth, Baldwin; Cynthia Miller, Emerald. Back row, from left: Sandi Rolling, River Falls; Kathy Jo Brihn, Baldwin; Monique Hall, Hudson; Lynean Cronick, New Richmond; Kim Patterson, Amery; Lisa Helgeson, Baldwin; Deb Johnson, River Falls; Greg Burton, Hammond. Not pictured: Samantha Nolan, New Richmond; Maureen McElrath, Osceola; a...

BALDWIN -- Eighteen residents from Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix counties completed hospice volunteer training for ADORAY Hospice.

The October graduates met at the ADORAY office in Baldwin to receive two days of specialized training on hospice care and end-of-life issues.

"Volunteers are essential members of our hospice team," said Debbie Milligan, ADORAY Hospice volunteer coordinator. "Most of the men and women who completed the training have already begun helping patients in their communities."

Hospice is specialized care that provides support to people facing terminal illness who are no longer seeking a cure or if curative treatment is not an option.

The goal of hospice is to enable patients to be comfortable so they can live each day to the fullest. With this philosophy in mind, the hospice team provides support for the patient's physical, emotional and spiritual needs as part of treating the whole person.

Volunteers enhance this care in a variety of ways. They may sit with a patient to talk or read, provide respite for the caregiver, deliver flowers, play cards or do some light housekeeping.

"This new group of volunteers is very compassionate and willing to help their neighbors in need," said Milligan.

"Volunteers may also use our Reverie Harp to provide therapeutic music," said Milligan. "They bring the instrument along on their visits to provide peace and comfort to our hospice patients. The harp is simple to use and doesn't require musical training." "We also have some volunteers who bring their certified therapy dogs to visit with our patients," said Milligan. "The patients enjoy petting the dog and it often brings back welcome memories of pets they once had."

ADORAY, a not-for-profit, is owned by Baldwin Area Medical Center; Hudson Hospital & Clinics; River Falls Area Hospital; and Westfields Hospital, New Richmond. For more information, contact ADORAY at 800-359-0174 or 715-684-5020 or visit