Little Company of Mary Hospital Seeks Hospice Volunteers

Fall volunteer training to take place in October

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.

Inspired by Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Little Company of Mary Sisters were founded by Venerable Mary Potter in 1877 in Nottingham, England, dedicating their mission to the care of the sick and dying. Continuing the mission of Foundress Venerable Mary Potter, LCMH was the one of the first hospitals to offer hospice care to the southwest Chicago community in 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.”

Training will take place on October 15th and October 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Little Company of Mary Hospital in room WP8500 (West Pavilion, 8th Floor), located at 2800 West 95th in 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, please call Ann Putlak at 708.229.6901. For more information about Little Company of Mary’s Hospice Program, call 708.229.HOME (4663). Thank you for considering becoming a Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Volunteer.

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