Volunteering at Henry Ford Hospice
Henry Ford Hospice offers prospective volunteers:
The opportunity to gain life experiences while providing community service.
Opportunities and information for education locally and through state and national hospice organizations.
Regular interdisciplinary team focused in-service education.
Supported guidance and encouragement through the volunteer coordinator to remain active.
The opportunity to meet as a group to receive recognition for their efforts.
Volunteers do not replace the professional staff but are a vital, integral part of the hospice program. They provide assistance to patients and their families that demonstrate their feelings of love and compassion. They also have the ability to empathize with the joys and sorrows inherent in life and death.
Volunteers can become involved in a variety of settings. Some examples, along with possible duties:
- In-home care: Provide respite care for primary care-giver, visit patients, light house cleaning, run errands
- Sandcastles Grief Support Program for Children and Families: Support group facilitator, program aide, fundraising committee, office operations, Speakers Bureau
- Nursing Home Services: Visit patients, offer comfort and support, assist with daily living activities
- Administrative Staff: Office operations, committee service, business development, fundraising, community education
Assignment of duties is determined by the Volunteer Coordinator or designee based upon his/her assessment of the volunteer and upon the patient and family needs identified by the hospice team members.