Hospice of the Rock River Valley (HRRV) begins its volunteer training session on March 4 at the hospice office on Route 2 between Dixon and Sterling, with additional dates of March 6, 11 and 13. New volunteers must attend all four days. There will be two training times each day, 1-4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m., and attendees can choose the time that best fits their schedule.
A hospice volunteer fills many roles through direct patient care, serving on the baking brigade or assisting with a variety of special events or office duties. The training session will focus on direct patient care volunteering. Direct care volunteers are assigned a patient and family, and visit as needed. There is an increasing need for bi-lingual volunteers as well.
Training covers a wide range of information including patient-family dynamics, personal death awareness, grief, bereavement, spirituality and documentation.
"I find it fulfilling to help patients and families at a time they need it most. I wish people would find out what hospice can do for a family instead of thinking that hospice only means the end. Hospice can help in so many ways – emotionally, physically and financially. It’s not saying the end is near; it’s doing everything you can to help until the end comes,” said Jackie Gangloff, a HRRV volunteer.
To make a difference in someone’s life, become a hospice volunteer in your community by calling Nina Setchell at (815) 288-3673.
HRRV serves Lee, Whiteside, Bureau, Carroll and Ogle counties.