Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Volunteer Training to Take Place in April and May

Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) invites members of the community to become a Hospice volunteer. The Hospice Program at LCMH provides compassionate care to patients with a terminal diagnosis. Patients are cared for in their homes surrounded by the people who love them.

The Hospice program at Little Company of Mary Hospital is one of the first in the area and has been serving the terminally ill in their homes since 1976. The program provides spiritual, medical, emotional and social support to those in the final stages of life – and their families.

“It is our goal to help our patients find comfort and peace in their final days,” explained Ann Putlak, R.N., Resource Nurse at LCMH Hospice. “The volunteer plays an important role in our ministry to the dying. They listen, reminisce and reassure the patient through caring touch and kind words. The volunteer also provides support to the family, allowing them to run errands or to take a break from 24-hour caregiving.”

Hospice volunteers are trained and supervised and can work in the patient’s home, the nursing home or in the hospice office where they provide administrative support to the Hospice team.

“Hospice volunteers are full of love, compassion and patience,” Putlak continued. “They have such a strong desire to be there for the hospice patient, especially at such an important time in their lives.”

The Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Program is planning for an expansion of its Hospice services with a Volunteer Vigil Program, which is utilized when there is no family, or only one person available at the bedside of a dying patient. Volunteers are available to sit with the patient for his or her final hours. This program can be made possible at LCMH with the help of dedicated Hospice volunteers.

Training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 30th and on May 7th at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Room WP8501 (West Pavilion, 8th Floor, 2800 West 95th, Evergreen Park). Attendance is required at both sessions. Please note that reservation for these training sessions is required. If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer and want more information, or if you are unable to attend both sessions, please call Ann Putlak at 708.229.6901. Thank you for considering becoming a Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Volunteer.

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