Become a Regional Hospice Volunteer to Support Smilow Cancer Center

VolunteerwithPatient(Danbury, Conn.) — Beginning June 27, 2016, Regional Hospice and Home Care will provide hospice care to patients at Yale’s Smilow Cancer Center, and they seek New Haven-Area volunteers to support their mission of providing the most compassionate end-of-life care to patients and their families at the renowned cancer center.

Please join the Regional Hospice and Home Care team for their first New Haven volunteer training. The nonprofit hospice agency will host its two-day training session for Family Support Volunteers on June 20th and 21st from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

All interested volunteers must first apply online for the June training.

To learn more about Regional Hospice and Home Care’s nationally-recognized hospice and bereavement programs and register for training please go to the web page:

Potential volunteers with certified pet-therapy dogs must also fill out an application and take the two-day training to become part of the professional team supporting Smilow patients as well as Veterans who wish to volunteer as part of Regional Hospice’s We Honor Veterans program, which will match Veteran volunteers with Veterans at Smilow.

Volunteer Licensed Massage Therapists are also needed to provide massage therapy to patients. A two-hour hospice orientation will be provided for massage therapists, who should also apply online to participate.

Anyone interested should fill out an application and feel free to contact Mary Beth Hickey, Volunteer Director, with any questions. Please contact her at (203) 702-7415 or by email at

Website registration and an interview are required in advance of the class session, and attendance on both dates is mandatory. “We are looking for compassionate, caring people who are interested in helping families who have a loved one receiving end-of-life care,” said Hickey.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care programs for the past 35 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof.

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