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MACOMB, Ill. — The McDonough District Hospital Hospice is seeking volunteers willing to provide assistance and support to terminally ill patients and their families. The MDH Hospice provides comfort and compassionate care for the terminally ill and offers support for their families.

As an important component of The MDH Hospice team, volunteers visit patients at home, assisted living, or nursing care facilities, and support families according to individual circumstances.

Hospice volunteers must complete an application and background check, have reliable transportation, provide a copy of driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and complete 8-10 hours of training provided by The MDH Hospice team.

The training will provide information needed to meet the special needs of terminally ill patients. The program will address all aspects of hospice care and share with you what a volunteer can do: listening, sharing, reading, and most of all, providing support. Volunteers do not administer medication or provide medical/personal care.

Hospice care is focused on care and comfort over cure of the disease. Volunteers are an important component of the hospice interdisciplinary team. Every volunteer visit makes a difference. In return for sharing their special talents and compassion, volunteers receive some of the many rewards that come from giving to others.

The MDH Hospice provides care within a large, multi-county area covering all of McDonough County and portions of Adams, Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Schuyler, and Warren counties.

If interested in becoming an MDH Hospice volunteer, please contact Angela Gibbs or Julie Murphy by calling (309) 836-1543