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Health Mentor Seminar

Flathead Valley Community College announced a Health Mentor Seminar beginning Sept. 2, designed to train local volunteers who want to help Flathead Valley men and women recover at home from an illness or surgery.

The seminar will be held Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., running Sept. 2 through Dec. 9. Classes will be held in the Broussard Center on the FVCC campus. College credit is offered for completion of the course, and scholarships are available to cover registration fees.

Students will learn about various community resources available to help patients recovering at home from an illness or other event. The seminar will provide information valuable to volunteers in the ASSIST program, a local not-for-profit effort that recruits volunteers in a neighbors-helping-neighbors model. ASSIST volunteers connect care receivers to agencies that provide services for financial assistance, meals or transportation, social services, home care, physical therapy and other unmet needs. The independent organization is not affiliated with any medical facility.

Hospitals and nursing homes generally refer people to the ASSIST program, but referrals also may come from family members, social agencies or churches. The volunteer visits the care receiver’s home to determine what is needed, then connects that person with agencies providing appropriate services. Follow-through comes as the volunteer reviews the help provided and visits regularly to encourage the person during his or her recovery.

To register for the Health Mentor Seminar at FVCC, contact Lorraine at 756-3848 or Amy at 756-3366.

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