The Hospice Volunteer
Volunteers at Hospice of the Rock River Valley form a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who help ensure the mission of Hospice care. Committed to excellence in care, Hospice volunteers have a profound respect for the specialized needs and comfort of terminally ill patients and their families.
Hospice Volunteers understand the complex challenges that patients and families face when coping with a terminal illness. Volunteers provide ongoing support and reassurance as well as a broad spectrum of services. These include daily household tasks and activities that contribute to the comfort of the patient and family.
Many volunteers have had personal experiences with a family member or close friend who has had a life-limiting illness. This experience often enables the colunteer to be especailly sensite and supportuive to both the patient's and family's needs. However, all volunteers receive comprehensive training regardless of experience.
Prospective volunteers are asked to wait at least one year after the death of a loved one before volunteering at Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
Direct Care Volunteers are welcomed as part of the Hospice team, providing companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Volunteers make friendly visits, read to patients, write letters and run errands. Often the most important task is listening and understanding.
The Baking Brigade supplies baked goods to the patient's families following a death and fulfills orders for special delivers to patients and their families.
Receptionist Volunteers work in the Hospice office, answering the telephone each morning and assisting with some clerical duties.
Special Project Volunteers assist Hospice staff with typing, bulk mailings, thank you notes and other projects.
Special Event Volunteers lend time and talent to fundraisers and special programs. These events include the Annual Festival of Trees, Golf Outing, and more.
If you would like to know more about these volunteer services, please call Rachel Gehlbach at 815-288-3673.