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.
What OSF Hospice Volunteers Do
Volunteers are used in many different ways:
- Spending time with patients and their families
- Running errands
- Grocery shopping
- Staying with the patient so the caregiver can go to appointments
- Assisting with clerical duties
- Tracking data
- Assisting with memorial services
- Helping at OSF Foundation events or health fairs
- Sending correspondence to families in our bereavement program
No matter how much time I give, I always get more back. - OSF Hospice volunteer
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.
Join Our Volunteer Team
To learn how to become a volunteer, please call (800) 673-5288.