Program of Hospice Care
The primary goal of hospice is to teach and assist family and/or friends to care for the patient at home.
Hospice care is initiated by contacting the hospice office which will send a representative to meet with the patient and family. Referrals are usually made by the primary physician, but can also be made by family members, friends, clergy, or health professionals.
Caregivers will be taught how to provide any needed home care. Although the goal of hospice is to encourage the patient to be cared for at home through participation of the family, if a patient is in need of acute pain and symptom control, he may be admitted to the hospital.
The heart of the hospice program is the specially trained volunteer who provides emotional and physical support for both patient and family through a wide variety of services. The volunteer may relieve the family for short periods, run errands, baby-sit or assist in many other ways.
The volunteer gives bereavement support to the family for at least 13 months.
At Home Quality Care provides personalized services, such as professional RN visits, rehabilitative therapies, home health aids, private duty, respite care, and assistance with community resources to assist in everyday functions.
Coping with Loss Hospice Class
is a free 30-hour annual class and open to the public to train caregivers to give the patient and the family the support they need through their difficult time. These classes well prepare our caregivers for the home care they provide. In order to be a Direct Care volunteer, you must take this required class taught by Sereno Joan, Executive Director of Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice and Leslie Babson, Direct Care Hospice Volunteer. Classes usually begin at the beginning of the year. Call our office for more information 815-942-8525.
Hospice Lending Library
Our library contains books, audiotapes and videos on dying, death and grieving. We encourage you to stop by and borrow from this wonderful source of information and support. Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice library is open during office hours (M-F 9-4.30pm) to check out materials. Donations of books or funds to our Lending Library are always welcome!
are the heart and soul of our volunteer hospice. We are always looking for new volunteers to become active in hospice and encourage interested volunteers to come during office hours (M-F 9-4.30pm). The Coping With Loss training class is a prerequisite.
Hospice Equipment Checkout
the community has been generous with donations of a wide variety of wheelchairs, walkers, canes, commodes, showerchairs, and various patient care items can be lent out to the community. Please call (815)942-8525.