Now more than ever, patients in hospice are feeling lonely and isolated. Visits with family have been restricted, and sometimes discontinued entirely for patients living in nursing homes. Friends with vulnerable health can't stop by to chat, and for patients with hearing or memory issues the masks covering half the face makes everything even more confusing.
At NorthShore Hospice we want our patients to remember how much they are loved and cared for, and we're asking for your help! A safe way to share these reminders is via adding something beautiful to their lives. If you have a skill and can create items you'd like to share with a hospice patient, chances are we can use you!
Ideas of crafts that make our patients feel loved:
Handmade quilts (full size or lap quilts that can be used in wheelchairs)
Crochet or knitted blankets (full or lap sized)
Woodworkers who are interested in making "Fidget boards" for Alzheimer's patients
Sewers who would like to make fidget mats or pillows for Alzheimer's patients.
Sewers who could make organizer caddies to hang on the front of walkers, small pillows to support patient's ankles and hands, or "dignity bibs" that can cover a patient's clothing when they need to be fed.
Any other idea you'd like to present!
Volunteers would need to do a short phone interview with us to talk about your skills and our needs, but this opportunity can be done entirely from home with no in-person contact. To deliver items volunteers can choose to drop off at our office in Skokie, or to have one of our Volunteer Coordinators arrange a pickup from your home if it is somewhat near Skokie.
If this opportunity sounds like a good fit, please get in touch!
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About NorthShore University HealthSystem Hospice
4901 Searle Parkway, suite 160, Skokie, IL 60077, US
NorthShore University HealthSystem Hospice promotes the health of the North Shore community by employing modern technology and expertise. The delivery of health care for our patients is provided in a wide range of inpatient and ambulatory health care settings. Significant support for residents who may not be able to pay the entire cost of their care is an integral part of this community responsibility. In support of its primary mission of patient care, the Corporation engages in wide range of education, research and other allied health training programs. This statement recognizes the Corporation's need to maintain its financial viability to meet its long-term commitment to the community to have available health care resources for their use. This includes the cultivation and development of our physicians, employees, and other resources to assure orderly prudent growth of our services and facilities
Northshore Hospice is a comprehensive program of home-based care for patient, family and friends during the final stages of a terminal illness. The purpose of hospice is to help patients remain in their home setting, to provide relief from pain and discomfort, to help patients remain as active as possible, and to provide comfort and support so patients can maintain their quality of life with independence and dignity. Hospice team members focus on the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients and their families. Patient Support Volunteers must go through a 15 hour training course.
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We'll work with your schedule.
Various locations in the North Chicagoland SuburbsDes Plaines, Morton Grove, Glenview , Northbrook,Park Ridge, Evanston, Niles, Wilmette, Golf,Skokie, IL60077
January 21, 2021
Must be at least 18
short interview and completed volunteer application. Ideally, ability to transport donations to Skokie.