The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
CovenantCare Hospice is part of the CovenantCare family of services that include home health care, private duty assistance, and comforting hospice care for patients and their families. As experts in every aspect of home care, we provide choices and unique plans of care for the people we serve - that is our difference. Our care includes volunteers who embrace CovenantCares's 100-year tradition of Christian service and healthcare outreach. CovenantCare Hospice is affiliated with Covenant Village of Northbrook, Windsor Park in Carol Stream, and The Holmstad in Batavia. We also serve the surrounding communities.
What do volunteers do?
There are many ways our volunteers contribute to patient and family care in hospice; most importantly they are friendly visitors who are trained to listen and to reflect with patients and their families.
Things they do include: Run Errands Read, write letters, sing, watch tv with, play music, or care for pets Assist with light housekeeping and /or meal preparation Assist with office tasks, special projects, events and fundraising Volunteers who are professionals may also provide comforting massages, haircuts and manicures
What is the volunteer commitment?
Typically we ask for a one year commitment. We try to match requests for services with our volunteers' individual schedules, availabilities, interests, geographic area, and comfort level. As we strive to match you interests and needs with those of our patients and their families, there may be times when there are no appropriate matches for a particular volunteer. However, we will always work to match your interests, wants, and needs with the unique needs of our patients and families.
What is the required training to become a volunteer?
We offer comprehensive content specific training that will prepare you for your volunteer position. Our training meets regulatory obligations and ensures each volunteer's familiarity, comfort, and competency to serve. Throughout the year we supplement that training with topic-specific workshops and in-service opportunities to provide more in-depth education. Volunteer training is free of charge.
What are the requirements to volunteer?
Individuals interested in direct volunteer service with our patients must be 18 years or older. for those wishing to volunteer for indirect volunteer service the minimum age is 14. Volunteers must pass a drug test, background check, and TB screening. Volunteers must also have a valid driver's license and auto insurance.