Free training for caregivers looking after war veterans

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Decatur non-profit hospice center wants to help older veterans in the valley.

Hospice of the Valley will offer free educational training sessions for caregivers who are looking after a rising number of older veterans entering end-of-life care.

The center recently partnered with We Honor Veterans, a campaign organized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Susan Claborn, a community relations manager at Hospice of the Valley, said 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are veterans who served our country.

Many of them served in World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.

Hospice of the Valley will offer two training sessions in November for nurses and family members who want to offer the best possible care for these aging veterans.

An employee at the center said now is more important than ever to meet their needs.

"They have served our country and experienced things that a lot of individuals in the U.S. have not experienced, so they have different type of grief patterns, different type of traumas that they've experienced," said Lauren Ferguson.

The first session is scheduled at Hospice of the Valley located on 240 Johnston Street in Decatur, Tuesday 5:30 p.m.

Another session tailored for nurses and social workers is scheduled on Nov. 15, 6 p.m., at the same location.

Both sessions are free and are also open to the public.

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