22 people are interested
Hospice Vigil Volunteers Needed - Winnebago County
ORGANIZATION: Heartland Hospice
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22 people are interested
Our number one goal at Heartland Hospice is to ensure that no one dies alone. A hospice Vigil Volunteer is one of Heartland's most special and fulfilling opportunities. Vigil Volunteers sit bedside with patients who are in their last hours of life. Support may involve prayer (reading from the Bible or other material that is comforting for patient), providing respite to family (allowing them to step away and eat a meal/take a break), or simply being present...providing comfort and peace of mind to all that the patient is not alone. Our Vigil Volunteer program is more of an "on-call" opportunity; vigil support is based upon request of patient's family or caregiving team. Scheduling of vigil takes into consideration the volunteer's location, comfort level, and availability. Applicants must attend an orientation to learn about the philosophy of hospice, the role of a Vigil Volunteer, and skills related to caring for and communicating with hospice patients and their families. Emphasis is on providing comfort during the dying process. Requirements for Vigil Volunteers: 18 years of age or older, must agree to background and reference check, must be appropriately coping with any personal losses, must have impeccable communication skills and sound judgment regarding issues of death and dying, and have the ability to work independently with indirect supervision. Characteristics that Heartland is looking for in a Vigil Volunteer include: a positive outlook on life, flexibility, empathy, sensitivity to issues around death and dying, compassion, a willingness to help others, and the ability to work as a member of the hospice team. Reliable transportation is a must! Heartland Hospice provides service to patients either in their own homes or in nursing/assisted-living facilities throughout Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin. If you live in Rockford, or a surrounding community, and would like to provide support to hospice patients during their greatest hour of need, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Pam at 815-397-3691or email at Pamela.WardCarr@heartlandhospice.com. We're waiting to hear from you!
About Heartland Hospice
6000 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61107, US
Our Mission is to improve your health and well-being.
Heartland Hospice volunteers offer support, companionship and practical, compassionate help. Some interact directly with patients and families. Others prefer to work behind the scenes in the office setting. As a volunteer, you help determine which tasks you’re best suited to perform. The tasks of volunteers include:
- Helping with office support tasks at the agency
- Running errands for patients and families
- Staying with patients so family members can get a much-needed rest
- Reading, or providing a comforting touch
- Playing or singing soothing music to patients
- Keeping vigil with patients in their final hours
These and other tasks are why hospice volunteers are such an essential part of the Heartland experience.
Heartland Hospice6000 E. State StreetRockford, IL 61107
February 22, 2024
- People Skills
- Elder care
- Hospice Care
- Relationship Building
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training