Transitions Hospice Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Transitions Hospice Celebrates National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week takes place April 15-21, 2018. This commemoration, established in 1974, provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate volunteers and volunteerism. “At Transitions Hospice, we are fortunate to have many dedicated individuals who volunteer with our clients and their families. It takes a special person to spend her/his volunteer time with people living with life-limiting illness,” said Elise C. Wall, Volunteer Coordinator at Transitions. “These volunteers inspire me every day with their gentle and creative approach to serving others.” Transitions Hospice owner and CEO, Jim Palazzo, is very supportive and proud of the volunteer program. “We believe in focusing on the life each individual has to live. Our volunteers help our patients and families make the most of what time is left.” Transitions volunteers donated over 2500 hours of their time to patients and families in 2017. Companion Volunteers visit, play games, read, reminisce and share stories with their patients. Vigil volunteers have the opportunity to sit bedside in a patient’s final hours. “Sometimes, all that is needed is a supportive presence and a hand to hold,” Wall said. Transitions volunteers offer all of this and more. Office-based volunteers help support patients and families through completing clerical tasks and assembling informational packets and binders. “We are always ready to welcome new volunteers onto our team,” stated Sara Dado, Executive Director of Transitions. “Our program is growing and we look forward to increasing our roster of valued volunteers,” Dado said. This year’s theme for Volunteer Week is “Celebrate Service.” Transitions wishes to recognize, celebrate, and thank all volunteers for their donation of time and talent. Hospice volunteers serve...

New Volunteers Onboarding Session

On Saturday, March 17th, Transitions welcomed seven new Companion Volunteers into our program! We spent the day learning about the hospice philosophy, the volunteer role, and how to support our patient’s emotional, spiritual, and social needs. These volunteers will be partnered with several of our patients and make weekly visits. Welcome aboard Joy, Hector, Aimee, Ben, Katie, Joanie, and Mounica! Thank you for your service to our patients! Interested in volunteering? Call 847-515-1505 and ask to speak with the Volunteer...

The 2018 SWHPN Conference

Transitions Hospice Executive Director, Sara Dado, LCSW, at last week’s SWHPN conference in Boston, MA. Sara presented to conference attendees an overview of Transitions’ unique model of comprehensive community based services with a focus on palliative care in rural communities. She also addressed the importance of teamwork and leadership development within a growing program. It was a great conference with many innovative ideas shared! If you would like more information the services that Transitions provides, please contact us...

Compassion Fatigue Discussion

Ever wonder what Compassion Fatigue is, if you have it, and how to deal with it? Join us for a discussion led by Miranda Harris, LCSW! TOPIC: Compassion Fatigue WHEN: Thursday, March 8 WHERE: Winfield Woods (28W141 Liberty St, Winfield, IL 60190) Your RSVP prior to the event is requested.  ...

Hospice Advocacy Day 2018

Transitions Hospice participated at last week’s Hospice Advocacy Day in Springfield, IL. A total of 32 members were present from different hospices across the state of Illinois and our team was represented by Sara Dado and Melissa Popp. As Sara shared, “We were honored to meet with Kevin Schoenben from the Illinois Comptroller’s Office regarding MCO payment & process issues. Senator Laura Fine and Senator Daniel Bliss were also present. Overall, it was a great...