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Jefferson Park Area (Chicago) Home Hospice Patient Support/Companion Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

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Patient Care Hospice
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Volunteer near your home! As a Hospice Patient Support/Companion Volunteer, you will be assigned to support a hospice patient and their family in your community. You provide a listening ear, a hand to hold, and the presence of a caring heart. You help make final wishes come true. You provide respite for the caregiver. You are a reassuring presence for the spouse or other family member that hesitates to leave their loved one, but needs to run some errands or take a short break. The time commitment for this position is 3-4 hours a week. You will arrange a time with the patient’s caregiver that works best for you and the patient.


Work in our 14 bed in-patient unit at 7435 W. Talcott, Chicago. In-Patient Unit Patient Support/Companion Volunteers are a one-stop-shop for love. You provide a listening ear, a hand to hold, and the presence of a caring heart. When not with a patient, you might help straighten up the childrens’ area, help with data entry, make coffee for families or other duties that you choose. You support patients, families and our staff. The time commitment for this position is generally 3-4 hours a week, but does allow flexibility if needed. You will schedule your shifts each month with the volunteer department.


Join our Vigil Volunteers team. These volunteers are Hospice Patient Support/Companion volunteers who are called at a moment’s notice to be with a patient who is actively dying. You know how to be still, sit at bedside, and just savor the quiet moments with a patient and their family. You are present like the light in a storm. You calm the waters. You bear witness to suffering and families are grateful for your presence.

Most Hospice Patient Support/Companion volunteers (noted above) also sign up for either daytime or night owl vigil duty, but it is not required. The time commitment for a vigil volunteer is generally 2 or more on-call days (or nights) a month at 4 hour intervals. You select the days (or nights). You are only called if needed.

Volunteer Requirements:

Because of the direct patient and family interaction, all of these positions require Patient Care and Family Support volunteers to go through specialized Patient Care Training. This process teaches you about hospice and terminal illness and helps prepare volunteers to interact with and support our patients and families.

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Successful adjustment to personal losses and no personal loss within past 12 months.
  • Successful completion of volunteer training program.
  • Clearance from appropriate health screenings and background check.
  • Agree to mandatory policy statements.
  • Minimum commitment of 1 year of service; 3-4 hours per week.
  • Supportive of hospice concept, and willing to serve others in a volunteer capacity.
  • Comfortable working with families with different cultural and religious values.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Previous volunteer experience preferred.
  • Independent means of transportation.

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About Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care


1550 Bishop Court, Mount Prospect, IL 60056, US

Mission Statement

Empowering our community to live with hope and resilience throughout the journey with illness and loss.


Rainbow Hospice is here to help others navigate end-of-life experiences - just as it has done for thousands of patients and families for more than thirty years.

Our organization also extends comfort and support to bereaved loved ones of Rainbow Hospice patients and to anyone from the communities in the greater Chicago area. Rainbow Hospice serves residents of Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage and Will Counties. Rainbow Hospice received re-accreditation from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) -- the independent, non-profit accrediting body for community-based health organization -- in spring of 2017. This accreditation assures patients and the community that Rainbow Hospice exceeds the highest standards in home health care.

Through its services, staff, volunteers, bereavement programs and The LIFE Institute for Learning, Rainbow Hospice offers support and education that enables people to live with dignity and hope while coping with loss and the end of life.


Crisis Support
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Crisis Support, Health & Medicine, Seniors


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Volunteer near your homeChicago, IL 60630



  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • Bereavement Support
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Min. commitment of 1 year of service; PCare 3-4 hours per week; VCare 2 or more days/month

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