Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers invites members of the community to become a Hospice Volunteer. The Hospice Program 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 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.
The Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Program is planning for a future 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.
“It is our goal to help our patients find comfort and peace in their final days,” explained Little Company of Mary Hospice Resource Nurse Ann Putlak, R.N. “The volunteer plays an important role in our ministry to the dying. They listen, reminisce, and reassure the patient through 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, 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,” said Putlak. “They have such a strong desire to be there for the other person, especially at such an important and spiritual time in their lives.”
Training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, and October 3 at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 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 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 to become a Little Company of Mary Hospital Hospice Volunteer.