Volunteer Program & Services

WHAT A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER IS

A hospice volunteer is an individual who chooses to give his or her time to individuals and families in end of life care. Volunteers come to Hospice from all walks of life with a wealth of personal experience, expertise and a presence of peace. They are carefully screened, trained and supervised by the Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health and Hospice Volunteer Coordinator.

WHAT A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER DOES

A hospice volunteer may provide support and respite care at the home of individuals and families receiving hospice care. Some examples of support are visiting, reading, writing letters, enjoying music with the patient, or just quietly sitting and being there. They can assist with shopping, household duties, or allow family caregivers the opportunity to take care of necessary errands, and just have some time away from home. Family members sometimes appreciate a visit from a compassionate friend who may understand what they are going through. A hospice volunteer is always mindful of and respectful of patient privacy and confidentiality.

Volunteers with clerical skill can serve AKHH&H by helping in the office with simple administrative tasks.

Volunteers may attend calling hours, wakes or funerals. They may provide phone or home visits to the bereaved. Trained, skilled volunteers may facilitate Grief Support Groups.

VOLUNTEER SERVICES

Audio Storytelling - Volunteers can assist patients in telling their life story. They listen and put these stories into written transcripts or audio recordings which can be given to the family as a final gift.

Teddy Bear Care - Volunteers can make bears from a favorite piece of clothing belonging to their loved one. The bear is then given to the family as a final gift and remembrance.



BECOMING A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER

To become a AKHH&H volunteer, please print and complete this Volunteer Application Form and mail it to:

Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice
c/o Volunteer Coordinator
311 Sixth Street
Calumet, MI 49913

After your completed application form is received you will be provided additional information on the volunteer training dates. This training is open to anyone that is interested in learning about Hospice. We ask that you wait one year after experiencing the loss of a loved one before taking the training.
 
If you have any questions, please contact 906-337-5700 or contact our volunteer coordinator, Suzanne Kesti. suzanne.kesti@aspirus.org

VOLUNTEER DOCUMENTATION AND FORMS (provided in Adobe .PDF format)