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Illinois Valley Hospice
Donate & Volunteer
Throughout our long history, Illinois Valley Hospice has received generous support from our local communities, area residents and patient families. These contributions come in all forms, including gifts of time and money.
Volunteer Programs & Opportunities
Volunteers play an integral role at Illinois Valley Hospice. They are the friends of the hospice team—the listening ears, the helping hands, the caring community members who really 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 or her own unique talents and abilities to the assignment and is able to provide a special kind of caring to everyone involved. 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 they provide are:
- Listening to concerns.
- Providing respite care (short breaks for caregivers and families) so family can attend other activities.
- Sitting with patients and family members in times of need.
- Reading to patients.
- Helping to write letters, cards and life memories.
- Reminiscing about photographs.
- Bringing pets to visit.
- Providing music.
- Providing homemade treats or baking with the patient's help.
Errands and Chores
- Helping with yard work.
- Organizing mail and helping complete bill payments.
- Making phone calls.
- Shopping for groceries.
- Helping with light housework.
- Being with the family as they grieve.
- Attending funeral or memorial services.
- Maintaining telephone contact during the bereavement period.
- Providing 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, and they are not allowed to dispense medication. However, they can remind patients to take their medications.
Volunteer Training Program
We are always looking for caring volunteers to join our team at Illinois Valley Hospice. 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 also are educated in bereavement care. If you have questions about our volunteer program or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 815.224.1307.
Requesting a Volunteer
Volunteer services are optional for hospice families; however, we highly recommend that families take advantage of this service. If you are interested in having a volunteer visit, please call the hospice office at 815.224.1307. A volunteer will be assigned based on your needs and schedule.