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Friday, December 09, 2011 - Munson Hospice Seeks Volunteers
Munson Hospice Seeks Volunteers
Opportunities are available in several areas around northern Michigan
 
Munson Hospice and Palliative Care, serving northern Michigan residents for more than 32 years, is accepting volunteer applications for its winter 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 may also 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 is especially needed  weekends and evenings. Couples are encouraged to consider this volunteer opportunity.  Volunteers may choose their level of 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 the 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 are also needed. Those who have experienced a significant loss in the last 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, at (231) 935-8485 or 1-800-252-2065 ext. 5-8485, or jgoodrich@mhc.net.