Jennings Hospice

Jennings Hospice Volunteers

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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Jennings is currently seeking volunteers to support individuals receiving support through Jennings Hospice. Hospice volunteers, as members of the hospice interdisciplinary team, provide specialized care and compassion with a focus on comfort, supportive care and enhancing quality of life.

Jennings currently has volunteer positions available. If you are interested in volunteering with Jennings Hospice, please contact Laura Resecker, Volunteer Coordinator, at (216) 581-2900.

Patient Care Volunteer

This volunteer position is for a licensed STNA or nurse who would like to volunteer their time to provide companionship and basic nursing care to an individual.  Some tasks include companionship for both family members and individuals utilizing hospice, respite for family members, transportation, vigil support, and basic nursing care.  This position is meant to be a calming presence for families, and a person in this position must be willing to sit and listen with family members and patients.

Companion/Vigil Volunteer

This position is for an unlicensed individual who would like to volunteer their time to only provide companionship to an individual and their family members.  An individual desiring this position would need to be a calming presence for family members, and be willing to sit and listen with family members and patients.  A vigil volunteer would sit with a patient when death was imminent, and give respite to families so they knew their loved one was not alone.

Bereavement Volunteer

This position is for an individual who would like to assist families after their loved ones have passed on.  An individual in this position would assist low-risk families by making phone calls and helping with bereavement mailings.  They also may assist with different support groups that the bereavement coordinator would lead.

Administrative Volunteer

This position is for an individual who would like to help in the hospice offices.  Tasks include assembling paperwork, bulk mailings, and some general clerical work such as writing thank you notes, record keeping, typing, and copying.  An administrative volunteer may also assist with special events that the hospice is hosting.

It’s National Healthcare Decisions Week , have you had a conversation with the people you love?

Jennings and Jennings Hospice, along with other national, state and community organizations, are taking part in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making—an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). As a participating organization, Jennings and Jennings Hospice are providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives (healthcare power of attorney and living will) in accordance with Ohio state laws. 

Specifically, from April 16 – April 21, Jennings Hospice is welcoming the public throughout the day to call for free information about advance care planning and advance directive forms or with questions about palliative care, comfort care and end-of-life care.

“As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we hope many more people in our community will have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known,” said Judi Makan, Administrator of Jennings Hospice.  “Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so.”

For more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit

Jennings Hospice comforts with compassion

Friday, December 30, 2016

Jennings Hospice, which received its accreditation late this summer, now formally supports individuals with palliative care and hospice services. “We are proud to add Jennings Hospice to our continuum of services,” said Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “Jennings has excelled in supporting individuals’ end of life journey for nearly 75 years with dignity and respect. Our accreditation is one way to demonstrate our commitment [more…]

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