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Our volunteers may provide support to patients and their loved ones in a number of different ways. Though volunteers are not allowed to help with any hands-on tasks or personal care, they can sit with a patient while the caregiver takes a break or runs errands. Volunteers may provide companionship and emotional support to a patient or anyone else in the home. Volunteers may provide transportation to doctor appointments, the post office and more. Volunteers may run errands—for example, to the grocery store or library. Volunteers may be able to help with light tasks in the home such as washing or putting away dishes, doing laundry or preparing a light meal. After an assessment has been done by the volunteer coordinator, a volunteer may be assigned for once a week, for up to three hours per week. Advance notice is required before a volunteer may be assigned.

For more information on NorthShore’s hospice program or to become a volunteer, please contact Nadine Francione at 847.982.4365 or