Memorial Home Services Hospice Seeks
Hospice training day set for June 18th
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[May 31, 2016]
SPRINGFIELD – Memorial Home Services Hospice will offer training
on Saturday, June 18, to people who are interested in serving as
Volunteers work with patients and families in 14 counties throughout
central Illinois. Memorial Home Services Hospice currently has
nearly 90 volunteers in its program. Their roles range from offering
direct assistance to patients and their families to helping in the
“Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program. They
provide companionship, assist with errands and chores, offer
bereavement support and even help in the hospice office,” said Kyli
Streckfuss, volunteer and community education coordinator.
Prior to becoming a volunteer, individuals must complete a brief
interview and attend a seven-hour training course. Interviews are
currently being scheduled.
The training course will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18.
The course offers an introduction to the hospice philosophy and
general guidelines for volunteering.
“Volunteers are a crucial part of our team. Our families greatly
benefit from their assistance,” Streckfuss said. “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 ways.”
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Hospice support also continues after the death of a loved one with
bereavement care extended to family and friends, Streckfuss said.
Volunteers support grieving family and friends by offering
companionship, maintaining phone contact during the bereavement
period, providing emotional support and education about the grief
process, she said.
For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact
Streckfuss at 217-788-3870.
[Michael Leather, MHS Public