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Health

Bolingbrook hospital seeks volunteers for no one dies alone program

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook is seeking volunteers for the No One Dies Alone program, which supports patients who are dying.

Volunteers are needed to serve as compassionate companions who will provide support for persons who are dying, and have no family or friends to sit with them.

Informational meetings and training for those interested in volunteering will begin this month. Trainings will include information on the physical needs of the dying from clinical managers and nurses, although volunteers will not provide any medical care. They will also be trained on spiritual needs by pastoral care staff members.

Volunteers will rotate through two-hour shifts until the patient dies. When a patient is identified as a candidate for the program, volunteers are notified via text message and can sign-up for a one-or-two hour shift online.

During the shift, the compassionate companion may speak with the patient, hold his or her hand, or simply be present at bedside. Books and music will be provided.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and must not have experienced the death of a family member or friend during the past year.

The No One Dies Alone program was started by Sandra Clark, registered nurse, in 2001 at PeaceHealth Medical System in Eugene, Oregon.
 
Training will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at AMITA Health Bolingbrook, 500 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook.

To register for training, please visit www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=314185595. For more information on the program or training, call or email Chaplain Cristina Grys at 630-312-3921 or Cristina.grys@amitahealth.org.

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