People who are receiving hospice services at home may need help performing errands and chores, or may enjoy a chat with a friendly visitor. Sometimes family members need rest from the responsibilities of caregiving, and volunteers can provide this respite. Volunteers also assist with special events and projects to brighten hospice patients' lives.
There are many ways to help, depending on your interests and talents:
- Respite Care - Relief for patients' caregivers
- Delivering necessary medical supplies
- Spiritual Care
- Office/Clerical Assistance
- Community Education
- Handyman Jobs
- Hospice Bereavement Work - Providing additional comfort after a patient's death
Volunteers report that working with home health and hospice patients provides its own special rewards, including:
- Fulfillment from helping those in need
- Being part of a professional, dedicated health care team
- Education and understanding about illness and death, including the Hospice philosophy and the impact of illness on family dynamics
- Developing friendships
- Developing new skills, such as listening, communication and office skills
- Ongoing inservices and education
- Learning how to help people going through difficult times
- Experience as a volunteer
- A better awareness of the services the MidMichigan Health family has to offer
If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please apply for a Home Care volunteer opportunity or Hospice Care volunteer opportunity. We'll work with you to find a volunteer service that fits both your interest and schedule.
Instructions: How to Apply for Volunteer Opportunities
If you have further questions, please contact us.