"Vets for Vets" Hospice Volunteer (Washington/Ozaukee Counties)


(43.4526,-88.1721)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

TBD- we'll match you with a patient in your area.West Bend, WI 53090


About

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.

Benefits:

- 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

Skills

  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Veteran Care
  • Relationship Building

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2hrs/month, but we welcome any time you can give!
  • Reliable transportation is a must!

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