Missouri offenders receive hospice training, certification to assist terminally ill peers

Missouri offenders receive hospice training, certification to assist terminally ill peersOn April 8, seventeen offenders at Western Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center (WRDCC) in St. Joseph, Missouri became certified as Hospice Volunteers in order to assist their terminally ill peers cope with the end of life. In partnership with the Missouri Palliative Care Association (MPCA), the Missouri Department of Corrections, along with Corizon Health, was able to provide this vital training. Curriculum included hospice philosophy, stress management, spiritual care, cultural guidelines and the active dying process. Volunteers also learned to journal about the care provided during their shift so that others may know what occurred with the patient, as well as specifics regarding their role as volunteers in a correctional setting.

Corizon Health site staff and custody, classification and administrative staff also received this beneficial training. In order to show his support for the program, Dave Dormire, Division Director of Adult Institutions for MDOC, also attended a portion of the training.