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Spectrum Health Hospice is continuing to see a rapid growth in our support for patients and families especially in Barry, Kent, Ionia, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Osceola and Ottawa Counties. As we provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to these patients thru our paid staff; we see a great need for additional volunteers to ensure that all our patients are able to receive volunteer support.
We encourage volunteers to join our program that are interested and willing to support patients and families near their geographic region (volunteers typically choose to support patients close to where they live or work). Our hospice currently provides care in 11 counties in West Michigan.
Most volunteers donate an hour per week; after completing the application and training process.
Our training program format allows candidates to complete some of the required training thru an on-line program at your convenience and provide additional times and locations for the in-person training component. The goal is to shorten the on-boarding process and add more flexibility in the training process making it easier for interested individuals to join our volunteer program.
Effective 3/12/20 Spectrum Health instituted no in-person meetings policy to assist in avoiding the spread of this virus; therefore, we are suspending In-person Orientations.
At this time we also continue to have a suspension on In-person Volunteer support for our patients and families. Since March, 2020 our volunteers have been providing only Remote Volunteer support thru phone calls, written communication and virtual visits. We do not have a time expectation identified for when In-person Volunteer support will resume.
As we review the reality of when resuming In-person Volunteer Orientations will be allowed; we anticipate that it will be many months. We are hopeful that we may be able to resume scheduling Orientation sessions in 2021.
Interested candidates are in the process of completing applications and the online training in order to be eligible to register for the upcoming Orientations when they are scheduled.
The training program consists of two components to be completed after the application process:
The first component is a 5.5 hour on-line training consisting of 16 short educational sessions with competency quizzes. This component is flexible and can be done in 1 sitting or multiple log-ins within a maximum of 30day time limit to complete.
The second component is an 8 hour in-person orientation. These sessions are offered as a classroom style learning experience. They are scheduled multiple times thru out the year in a range of geographic areas in 1 day (8hrs) option or a 2 day (4hr/day) option.
The program is designed so that all of the requirements (IGRA TB test, flu shot, fingerprinting etc.) to become an active volunteer are built into the training class and all costs are covered by Spectrum Health Hospice.
We will work with you to help you join our volunteer program and start supporting patients! Contact us to receive more information and application instructions. Call Yvonne at (616)391-4240 or toll free at 1-866-542-7945. Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
To improve the quality of life of the community by serving each individual and family with superior quality and compassionate care.
Spectrum Health Hospice provides support and care for patients in their homes and in health care facilities who are in the final phase of a terminal illness so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Volunteers are a vital part of our patient care team.
Our hospice agency supports patients and families in 11 counties thru-out West Michigan. Volunteers choose which geographic area that they would like to serve.
Please contact us to learn how you can make a difference for individuals, their families and our community.
Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
750 Fuller Ave NEGrand Rapids, MI49503
April 15, 2021
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
1 to 3 hours per week after 15 hour training
A compassionate spirit and a desire to help someone in your community facing the end of life.