Make a Difference, Join Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare’s Team of Hospice Volunteers
ELMHURST - When we near the end of our life, a unique type of care, called hospice, can help ensure that your final months of life are as good and fulfilling as they can be for you and your loved ones. Hospice is not about giving up. It's about giving you comfort, control, dignity and quality of life.
Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare is currently looking for volunteers to help our hospice patients in a variety of settings, such as in a patient’s home, nursing home or as office support.
In patient’s homes or nursing homes, hospice volunteers provide companionship and emotional support to patients and their families by assisting in the writing of letters, listening to and reminiscing with patients, playing games, reading books, and helping with light cooking or household tasks. Hospice volunteers also provide respite for caregivers and family for short periods of time or make bereavement calls to loved ones who are in Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare’s bereavement program.
Volunteers assisting in the office help by completing computer work, data entry, filing, compiling folders for new hospice patients, preparing bereavement cards, preparing patient birthday cards, mailing out the monthly bereavement newsletters, and making copies.
Volunteers are an important part of the entire hospice care team. As a part of that team, volunteers are able to provide support and care to patients and their loved ones at the end of patient’s lives’. It is a privilege to be able to help during this very important time. Our hospice volunteers help patients have meaning and more fullness in life, as they prepare for the end of their lives.
Anyone who is 18 years and older can become a hospice volunteer by contacting hospice volunteer coordinator, Marcia Austin, at (630) 833-8200, ext.73579. An application must be completed, along with references, followed by an interview with the coordinator. After being chosen for the program, hospice volunteers go through 20 hours of intensive training and must complete some medical tests, including TB tests, flu vaccination, drug screening, and fingerprinting. Make a difference and become a hospice volunteer today.