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
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
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
volunteer, please print and complete this
Volunteer Application Form
and mail it to:
Aspirus Keweenaw Home Health & Hospice
311 Sixth Street
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.
VOLUNTEER DOCUMENTATION AND FORMS
(provided in Adobe .PDF