Volunteers are caring community members who listen, help and make a positive difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families. Each volunteer brings unique talents and abilities to the assignment including companionship, errands and chores, and grief support.
- Listen to concerns
- Provide respite (short breaks for caregivers and families)
- Sit with patients and/or family members in times of need
- Read to the patient
- Help write letters, cards or life memories
- Reminisce about photographs
- Offer comfort and relaxation (Reiki)
- Provide music, sing, play an instrument
- Help with light yard work
- Organize mail; pay bills
- Make phone calls
- Do grocery shopping
- Help with light housework
- Grieve with the family upon patient’s death
- Maintain telephone contact during the grieving period
- Provide emotional support and companionship
Our volunteers cannot provide physical care including lifting or bathing a patient, and they are not allowed to dispense medication. They can remind patients to take their medications.
All hospice volunteers must complete a training course designed to prepare them for hospice work including the goals and philosophy of hospice care, psychological and spiritual issues related to dying, communication and listening skills, physical aspects of terminal illness and patient and family rights. Volunteers are also educated in grief care.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer hospice team at Memorial Home Services Hospice, please call 217-788-4663 or 800-582-8667. Or complete our Hospice Volunteer Application and someone from our office will contact you directly.