Volunteers work with patients and families in 14 counties
throughout central Illinois. More than 75 individuals currently
serve as volunteers for Memorial Home Services Hospice. Their work
ranges from offering direct assistance to patients and their
families to helping in the hospice office.
“Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, providing
companionship, assisting with errands and chores, offering support
and assistance with various office projects,” said Becky Gabany,
volunteer and community education coordinator with Memorial Home
Prior to becoming a volunteer, individuals must complete a brief
interview as well as attend a one-day training course. Interviews
are being scheduled during June.
The training course will meet from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June
28. The course offers an introduction to the hospice philosophy and
general guidelines for volunteering.
“Families greatly benefit from the assistance of a volunteer,” said
Ronda Dudley, director of home health and hospice at Memorial Home
Services. “Each volunteer brings his or her unique talents and
abilities to their work with patients. That’s the great thing about
being a volunteer. Individuals can give of their time in a number of
[to top of second column]
Hospice support also continues after the death of a loved one
with grief care extended to family and friends, Dudley said.
Volunteers support family and friends while they are grieving by
attending funerals or memorial services, maintaining phone
contact during the bereavement period and providing emotional
support and companionship as well as education about the grief
process, she said.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact
Gabany at (217) 788-3870.
[Text received; MICHAEL LEATHER,
MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM PUBLIC RELATIONS]