Through our "Vets for Vets" program, veteran volunteers will have the unique ability to support our veteran patients who are terminally ill. Heartland Hospice volunteers help to support and enhance the quality of life of those they visit. Bringing the gift of friendship to our patients through regular visits, these volunteers offer services such as: companionship by just being present for the patient and offering to talk or assisting with non-medical tasks; emotional support through listening, sharing experiences and stories; allowing for expression of feelings; holding a hand; giving a needed hug; offering words of comfort; and respite support by staying with the patient while the caregiver enjoys a moment alone to run errands, make appointments, or simply take time to care for themself.
We recognize that veterans share a special bond among each other. The goal of our "Vets for Vets" program is to match veteran patients with a hospice-trained veteran who may have a similar background. All patient visitation volunteers receive training regarding the philosophy of hospice, the role of the volunteer and other staff members, as well as, helpful skills in caring for and communicating with hospice patients and their families. Volunteers in our veterans program also receive additional training focused on a veteran's specific needs. Volunteer hours are flexible and scheduled according to your availability.
Interested applicants will: be at least 18-years-old, complete initial application paperwork, agree to a background and reference check, attend a volunteer orientation and complete two TB tests.
- Independent volunteering, but having support and advice available
- Flexible schedule and the ability to set your own schedule
- Helping the less fortunate and lonely
- Providing companionship and being social
- Build relationships and knowing that you make a difference in someone’s day.
- Hearing other peoples stories and being part of their story
- Helping other people and giving back to individuals, families, and the community
- Learn more and gain experience with hospice, aging, the elderly, chronic diseases, and the end of life
- Practice skills, explore strengths, and grow
- Have new experiences and gaining a new perspective on life
10200 W. Innovation Dr, Suite 400, Milwaukee, WI 53226, US
Heartland Hospice provides specialized care that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and loved ones facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced by encouraging personal choices, supporting meaningful experiences and preserving dignity. Every day, we enrich the lives of our patients and the people who love them by blending advanced medical care with a compassionate touch.
Heartland offers hospice services wherever a patient calls home, whether the care is provided in a home setting, assisted living facility or skilled nursing center. We are committed to providing comfort of the mind, body and spirit. Our specially trained staff helps manage pain and symptoms, thereby enabling patients to live their lives as fully as possible. In addition, our team members create a comforting environment and provide emotional support to families who need help coping with the loss of a loved one.
To serve as our guiding principles, we've created the Heartland Caring Promises: We promise to care for the mind, body and spirit. We promise to provide care that is comforting and compassionate. We promise to respect patient and family choices. We promise to unite with community partners in care. We promise to be accepting and supportive of patients wherever they are in life's journey.
The hospice volunteer program stresses human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient. Our volunteers offer support, companionship and assistance with non-medical tasks to help this special group of people. The hospice volunteer program ensures that patients spend their final days in dignity and comfort and provide the extra love and care our clients and their families need at this time in their life.
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
TBD- we'll match you with a patient in your area.West Bend, WI53090