Volunteer training begins at hospice

By on August 24, 2009

GENEVA—Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice will hold its fall patient care training, beginning with orientation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 200 Whitfield Drive, Geneva. For those who have already attended FVVH’s Orientation, Patient Care Training starts on Sept. 16. Registration is required by Aug. 28.

“As the hectic summer winds down and we move into fall, this is a great opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking about wanting to make a difference in someone’s life, or giving back,” said Elise C. Wall, FVVH’s Manager of Volunteer Services. “Patient Care Training prepares a volunteer to work with a client who is nearing the end of their life, which to some may sound sad. But time and time again, our volunteers tell us that the time they spend with their client is among the most meaningful and uplifting experiences of their lives.”

Mark Alleman, who has been volunteering with FVVH for many years, agreed and says that the patients enrich his life in many ways.

“These are courageous people. Many of them are more alive than the rest of us; they appreciate their days and make each day count. They lift me up,” he said.

Patient Care Training is a nine-week program for those interested in one-on-one hospice patient care or FVVH’s Hands of Hope program, which assists patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. In addition, to ensure the best patient/volunteer relationship, FVVH offers ongoing volunteer training, like Personal Boundaries, which teaches volunteers to best serve their client while maintaining a sense of personal balance.

“For those who aren’t sure whether patient care is for them, we have many other opportunities at FVVH,” Wall said. “One alternative is one-on-one bereavement support, where a volunteer is assigned to a client who has lost a loved one and needs help with the grieving process. Coming to the Orientation session on Sept. 9 is the best way for someone to find out how they might fit into our agency.”

Attending Orientation is required before becoming an active FVVH volunteer, and there is a general information session which includes an overview of the agency, its history, mission and vision, and volunteer opportunities available.

An in-take interview is required before attending Volunteer Orientation, and registration is required by Aug. 28 by calling (630) 232-2233.

Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice is a community-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those with life-threatening illnesses and those who have lost loved ones. In addition to one-on-one support, the agency also offers medical equipment loans, adult and children’s grief support groups, community education on end-of-life care and grief, and a community lending library. The agency serves all of Kane and Kendall counties, and parts of DuPage, Cook and McHenry counties.

All services are provided free of charge. Spanish interpretation for all programs is available, as well as printed materials in Spanish.

For more information, see www.fvvh.org, email info@fvvh.org, or call (630) 232-2233.