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Bilingual Volunteers needed for Friendship & Support of Hospice Patients

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ORGANIZATION: Residential Hospice

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Residential Hospice is seeking dedicated Patient Support Volunteers to help patients and families through their end-of-life journey. Hospice patients have a terminal diagnosis and a limited life expectancy, and they and their loved ones are often dealing with many emotional stressors while in the care of hospice. Because we care for a diverse group of patients, we are looking especially for volunteers who speak more than one language. Our most common requests are:
Spanish
Filipino
Polish
Russian
Korean
Yiddish

A patient support volunteer can help in a few ways:
1. Volunteers can provide comfort, companionship and friendship to a patient living in a nursing facility or at home who is struggling with feelings of loneliness or a lack of socialization. These volunteers can provide a range of interventions depending on the patient and their diagnosis - from reading aloud, talking, or attending facility activities with the patient to simply listening to music, painting nails or holding a hand.
2. Volunteers can provide respite services for caregivers who are overwhelmed by the stress of caring for a loved one. Volunteers sit with a patient (sometimes doing the same activities as above) while the caregiver takes time to grocery shop, attend an appointment of their own, or just do some much-needed self care.

No previous experience is necessary. To be a good hospice volunteer you need only to be dependable and punctual, flexible and patient, non-judgmental and friendly, a good listener and kind-hearted.

Qualifications:

  • Volunteers must be 18 or older, and must be willing to commit to volunteering for 2-3 hours/week for a minimum of one full year.
  • Volunteers must be willing to complete a health assessment (at our agency's expense)that includes a physical, a blood screening for infectious disease and a Tb test, as well as an annual flu vaccine. Volunteers must also have their Covid Vaccine and may be required to receive boosters.
  • Volunteers must have a social security number and complete paperwork for us to run a background check.
  • Volunteers must be willing to complete our Volunteer Orientation process, which is done in person and remotely, and typically takes 5-10 hours depending on previous experience.
  • If a volunteer has had a loss of a close family member or friend, we ask that they wait 12 months before applying to volunteer with hospice.
This opportunity is wonderful for
- Those who are going into or have been in the healthcare or mental health field
- Veterans wanting to work with other veterans
- Retirees who enjoy socializing with folks who need company
- Those with registered therapy animals who would like to participate in our Pet Therapy program
- Volunteers who speak a second language and would like to support patients in their own language
- Those who have benefitted from hospice support (over a year ago) and would like to help others going through a similar experience

If this role sounds like a good fit for you, please get in touch to arrange an interview - we look forward to hearing from you!

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About Residential Hospice

Location:

4901 Searle Pkwy # 160, Skokie, IL 60077, US

Mission Statement

Residential’s Mission is to be the recognized market leader in homecare, palliative and hospice services. We do this by: Fostering a culture of growth, excellence, accountability and efficiency; Being an employer-of-choice that attracts and empowers an exceptional workforce; Focusing our offerings on the dynamic needs of our constituents - patients, caregivers, family members, physicians and other providers across the healthcare continuum; Integrating impactful and innovative solutions to improve our constituents’ service experience; and Ensuring full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Description

Residential Hospice provides a team of specially-trained professionals and volunteers to provide care, comfort, support and dignity to patients and families when their illness no longer responds to cure oriented treatments.

Residential Hospice brings better care home to patients and families by offering them individualized care plans developed with their physicians and carried out in familiar surroundings with compassion dignity and support.

As part of the Graham Healthcare family of companies, Residential hospice is ready to provide expert medical care, emotional support, spiritual support, and pain management to meet the needs of each patient.

Residential Hospice’s objective is caring, not curing, helping patients and their families focus their energy on the things that matter most.

CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
Seniors
Veterans & Military Families
Health & Medicine, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Skokie, IL 60077

(42.03411,-87.75911)
 

SKILLS

  • Nursing
  • Patient Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-3 hours/week, 1 year minimum commitment
  • Tb test and Health Screen/Drug Test, Covid Vaccine, Background Check, orientation and yearly Tb Test and education.

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