Volunteers at Rock River Hospice & Home form a dedicated group of loyal and sensitive individuals who help ensure the mission of Hospice care. Committed to excellence in care, Hospice volunteers have a profound respect for the specialized needs and comfort of terminally ill patients and their families.
Hospice Volunteers understand the complex challenges that patients and families face when coping with a terminal illness. Volunteers provide ongoing support and reassurance as well as a broad spectrum of services. These include daily household tasks and activities that contribute to the comfort of the patient and family.
Many volunteers have had personal experiences with a family member or close friend who has had a life-limiting illness. This experience often enables the volunteer to be especially sensitive and supportive to both the patient's and family's needs. However, all volunteers receive comprehensive training regardless of experience.
Prospective volunteers are asked to wait at least one year after the death of a loved one before volunteering at Rock River Hospice & Home.
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Direct Care Volunteers are welcomed as part of the Hospice team, providing companionship to the patient and respite for the caregiver. Volunteers make friendly visits, read to patients, write letters and run errands. Often the most important task is listening and understanding.
Special Project Volunteers assist hospice staff with bulk mailings and other projects as needed.
Special Event Volunteers lend time and talent to fundraisers and special programs. These events include the Festival of Trees, golf outing, and more.