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Gentiva Hospice

Organization Address:

85 W. Algonquin Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Name and Position of Contact Person:

Kari Aosved, Volunteer Services Manager

Phone Number:

(847) 439-0348

Email Address:

kari.aosved@gentiva.com

Website Address:

www.gentiva.com

Days/Hours Available for Service Learners:

Time commitment and schedule are flexible for students who are balancing multiple commitments.

Description of Organization:

Gentiva Hospice provides compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness, as well as for their loved ones. Volunteers with Gentiva are an important part of a larger team who recognize that medical/clinical care for patients in the last stages of life, along with psychological, spiritual, and social services for patients and families can contribute to improved life quality.

Description of Service Learner Role:

Volunteers may serve a variety of roles with Gentiva Hospice. Perhaps the most dramatic impact on quality of life a volunteer can provide for a patient is through the immediate, hands-on experience of Patient Support Volunteering. After completing a nine-hour orientation, Patient Support Volunteers may provide companionship, conversation, leisure activities or a quiet, caring presence. You may also use your education and/or area of expertise to aid our patients and program. Your focus can include art, horticultural, music, pet therapy; and life review / legacy techniques such as recording oral histories, storytelling or scrapbooking.

Organization Requirements:

Patient Support Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Gentiva Hospice, along with Medicare, requires that potential volunteers complete a background check, physical, and 2-stage TB test. Volunteers are asked to visit their patient(s) weekly, for at least one semester. We serve patients and families all over Chicago and suburbs. In the interest of time reduction and transport savings, we try to place volunteers close to their home, school or place of work.

Number of Placements Available:

Unlimited

 

Contact Information


Career Services
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 3258
(630) 942-2230
FAX (630) 858-9394

Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.