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Family Support Team Training at LRH

March 16, 2011

As part of Littleton Regional Hospital's continued efforts to provide exceptional patient and family centered care to our community, the Hospital implemented a Family Support Team and Aftercare Program on September 1, 2009.

Sudden, unexpected health crisis is a traumatic event not only for the patient, but also for family and friends of the patient. Immediate and long-term support, access to resources and referral to community outreach programs can assist loved ones in getting through such an event. The mission of the Littleton Regional Hospital Family Support Team & Aftercare Program is to offer supportive care to family and other loved ones of our patients experiencing unexpected severe illness, critical traumatic injury or sudden, unexpected death.

The Family Support Team provides support to the families and loved ones of our patients in two very distinct ways. First, In-Hospital support is provided by volunteers who serve as a quiet presence for families to lean on, and who help orient loved-ones to our facility, assist the family in accessing resources and serve as a family liaison to the clinical staff. Aftercare volunteers follow-up periodically with the family and friends of patients after a death to check in on the family and provide survivors with information about support groups and other community resources to help with their grief.

Annual Family Support Team training will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 9:30 am through 5:00 pm in the Gale Medical Library at Littleton Regional Hospital. If you are interested in attending, if only to learn more about this program, please contact Kris van Bergen by calling 603.444.9349.

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