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Hospice Care Companion

Date: Ongoing

Organized By: Journey Care

State: IL

Mary Flores, CVA
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Volunteer in your community and set your own schedule! JourneyCare's Care Companion volunteers support hospice patients and families in their home, which may be a private residence or senior living community.

Who: JourneyCare serves 2,500 patients each day and has the largest pediatric program in Illinois.

What: A Care Companion is simply a friend who visits (on a routine or occasional basis) with a child or adult receiving hospice care. The provide companionship, emotional support, and, above all, offer a presence, an ear to listen to stories and an understanding smile. You do not provide hands on medical care.

When: Work with the patient and family to determine your schedule. Care Companions often see their patient once a week or once every other week. Visits for socialization can be as short as 30 minute and a respite visit can last no longer than 4 hours.

Where: You will visit patients in their private residence or senior living community.

Why: Care Companions also provide respite support so tired, stressed caregivers can take a much-needed break. JourneyCare supports pediatric patients as well and also needs volunteers who can support those families, perhaps by doing some light housekeeping or spending time with the patient's siblings.

How to get started: Fill out the JourneyCare Volunteer Application and register for an orientation:

We will cover the following: Hospice 101, Overview of JourneyCare, Our Services & How You Can Help (we offer 50+ volunteer roles!), Communication, Boundaries & Confidentiality and Documentation. You will also have an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a panel of current JourneyCare Volunteers. After the training we also require some online courses, which will help you to feel more prepared for this role.

Skill Desired: Writing, Photography, Medical/Health, Landscaping/Gardening, Handyman/Painting/Cleaning, Crafts

Matching Interests: Indoors, Geared for 50+ volunteers, Seniors, Health & Wellness, Community, Children & Youth

This volunteer listing is provided by AARP's Create the Good. Visit Create The Good to search more volunteer opportunities or post your own opportunity.

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