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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - Munson Hospice and Palliative Care Seeks Volunteers
Munson Hospice and Palliative Care Seeks Volunteers
Opportunities are available in several areas around northern Michigan
 
Munson Hospice and Palliative Care, serving northern Michigan residents for more than 31 years, is accepting volunteer applications for its fall training class.
 
Volunteer opportunities include respite care in the patient’s home, or friendly visits in an assisted living facility, an extended care facility, or adult foster care residence in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Osceola, Otsego and Wexford Counties including the Buckley, Kingsley, Cadillac, Gaylord, Manton, Mesick, and Reed City areas.
 
Volunteers also may choose to offer their services at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City for a four- or eight-hour shift between 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Help especially is needed weekends and evenings. Couples are encouraged to consider this volunteer opportunity. Volunteers may choose their level for involvement at Hospice House and are trained accordingly. Munson Hospice House is an eight-bed residence and provides a home-like setting for hospice patients who may be unable to stay in their own home or may not have a caregiver or family to assist them near end of life in their place of residence.
 
All volunteers are trained through an independent self-study course in addition to a training class with other new volunteers in Traverse City, Cadillac, Gaylord, Manistee, or Reed City.
 
Volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years old, available for an interview prior to training, and willing to make a commitment of eight hours minimum per month on a regular basis at Hospice House, four hours a week in the patient’s home, or one to two hours a week as a friendly visitor. Volunteer beauticians, massage, and pet therapists also are needed.
 
Those who have experienced a significant loss in the past year and wish to volunteer for direct patient care are encouraged to wait at least one year before completing the application process.
 
For more information, please contact Judy Goodrich, volunteer coordinator at Munson Hospice and Palliative Care, at (231) 935-8485 or 1-800-252-2065 ext. 5-8485, or jgoodrich@mhc.net.
 
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CONTACT: Dale Killingbeck
Munson Healthcare Corporate Communications
(231) 935-3393
dkillingbeck@mhc.net