(8/8/12) Black River Memorial Hospital (BRMH) Hospice program is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping those in need.
Cindy Clark, Volunteer Services Manager states, “There are several different levels of involvement. People can choose what area they feel most comfortable with.”
Sarah Osegard, BRMH Volunteer Coordinator has been part of a team working to implement a new Vet-to-Vet volunteering program. “Veterans can have special end-of-life needs. We want to develop a relationship between our hospice veteran patients and other veterans. Maybe they need a ride to an appointment, help with errands or just a friendly visitor,” states Osegard. “Whatever the need, we are looking for fellow veterans who are willing to spend some time with a patient in need who happens to be a vet, too.”
Regular hospice volunteer duties can vary, anywhere from occasional office work, running errands, help with transportation, up to visiting with patients to review their lives and support their families. “Sometimes we need people to visit with patients so the family can take a break,” says Clark.
Hospice also has a Teen Volunteer Program. This is for motivated teens (aged 14-18) to participate in hospice through a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to, the following: being a friendly visitor, light housekeeping, running errands, shopping, helping to provide respite care, visiting patients in long-term care facilities, and completing yard work. “I think it would be especially nice for parents to team up with their teens on this. They could go on visits or work on projects together. It’s a great opportunity to spend some quality time with hospice patients and families,” says Clark.
The need for hospice volunteers is especially great in the smaller, outlying communities. “We really need volunteers from Hixton, Taylor, Northfield, Melrose, Cataract, Millston, Fairchild, Hatfield, Neillsville, Warrens, Strum, Whitehall and Independence, too,” explains Clark. “It may be your neighbor who someday needs your help. With the price of gas, we’d like to be able to send volunteers from the patient’s own community.”
A training session for all new Black River Memorial Hospice Volunteers, for the Vet-to-Vet Program and the teen program has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 29th from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Halvorson conference room at Black River Memorial Hospital. Those interested in becoming Vet-to-Vet volunteers will continue on with specialized veteran focused training until 4:30 p.m.
To RSVP for the volunteer training or for more information about any of the programs, call Sarah Osegard at 715-284-3606.
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