Volunteers play an integral role in the hospice program at Memorial Home Services. They are the "friends" of the hospice team, the listening ears, the helping hands, the caring community members who really do make a difference in the lives of hospice patients and their families.
Hospice volunteers are available to lend a helping hand to families in need. Each individual brings his/her own unique talents and abilities to the assignment and is able to provide a special kind of caring to patients and families. Like other members of our hospice team, our volunteers are available to make home visits and talk with patients, family and friends.
Some of the services our volunteers provide include:
- Listen to concerns
- Provide respite (short break for caregivers & families) so family can attend other activities
- Sit with patients/family members in times of need
- Read to the patient
- Help write letters, cards, life memories
- Reminisce about photographs
- Provide music, sing, play an instrument
- Provide homemade treats to bake with the patient's help
Errands and Chores
- Help with yard work
- Organize mail, help pay bills
- Make phone calls
- Do grocery shopping
- Help with light housework
- Grieve with the family
- Attend funeral or memorial services
- Maintain telephone contact during the bereavement period
- Provide emotional support and companionship
There are a few limitations on the services our volunteers can provide. They cannot provide physical care such as lifting or bathing a patient, and they are not allowed to dispense medication. However, they can remind patients to take their medications.
Volunteer Training Program
All hospice volunteers must complete a thorough training course that prepares them for hospice work. They are trained in 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 bereavement care.
Becoming a Hospice Volunteer
We are always looking for caring volunteers to join our team at Memorial Home Services hospice. If you have questions about our volunteer program or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call (217) 788-4663 or (800) 582-8667. Or, you can complete our Hospice Volunteer Application, and someone from our office will contact you directly.
Volunteers Enhance the Patient Care Team
Memorial's hospice program has more than 75 volunteers who visit hospice patients and their families. They are an important part of the team that cares for patients and their families.
Read more about being a hospice volunteer.