Volunteer services are an integral and important component of the hospice team's plan of care. Hospice volunteers choose their volunteer role they are most comfortable with.
During training, volunteers learn about hospice, the OSF team, death and dying, signs and symptoms of diagnosis, how to talk with the patients and their loved ones, religious and cultural diversity, and grief issues.
Training classes are offered several times a year.
Volunteers are used in many different ways:
Volunteers also visit homes and nursing facilities to read, pray and socialize with patients.
OSF Home Care Services also has a program called "No One Dies Alone" where volunteers, if needed, sit with dying patients during their final hours.
To learn how to become a volunteer, please call (800) 673-5288.