Lancaster General is looking for caring and empathetic people who enjoy listening to others. A new program, Trained Listening Community (TLC), will provide patients undergoing cancer treatment or renal dialysis with someone to talk with during their visits in an effort to help alleviate stress and the challenges of disease.
Chronic disease can cause feelings of fear, loneliness and anxiety for patients and their care givers; providing opportunities to voice concerns can help alleviate some of the stress these conditions present.
Community volunteers will complete the standard three-hour LGH volunteer orientation, plus an additional 15 hours of specialized training which will include: active listening skills; spiritual and psycho-social impacts of chronic disease; patient referral information; confidentiality regulations; and cultural competency.
Upcoming trainings for TLC will be held Tuesdays, October 19 to November 16, from 9 a.m. to Noon at Lancaster General Wellness Center, located on the second floor of Lancaster General Health Campus, 2100 Harrisburg Pike.
To learn more about how to become a trained listener, call Mary LeVasseur, program coordinator, 717-544-3285 or Phyllis Clair, volunteer coordinator, 717-544-4863.