Our goal is to provide excellent end-of-life support to each patient and family
Whether it’s providing companionship to a person in the final months or weeks of life, offering support to family members and caregivers, providing assistance in the office or helping with community outreach, the contributions of volunteers are an essential part of Interim HealthCare of Wausau's Hospice Program.
Hospice volunteers are at the heart of our goal. Serving people at the end of life’s journey allows hospice volunteers in Marathon, Portage, Lincoln, Langlade or Wood County to make a difference to someone in need every day.
Are you ready to help those in need find peace?'
Call today to become a Hospice Volunteer (715) 842-7707
Being a hospice volunteer, is an intensely rewarding experience. Once you complete the required pre-training interview and orientation class, you'll be ready. Surviving family members or friends wishing to join the volunteer staff will be strongly encouraged to wait a minimum of one year following the death of their loved one.
As a volunteer, you will have access to ongoing educational opportunities to ensure you feel comfortable with your role. Hospice education covers:
- Philosophy of hospice care
- Services offered by hospice
- Effective communication with patients and family members
- Physical, emotional, social and spiritual issues encountered at the end of life
- Comfort for patients and families
VET-TO-VET Volunteer Program
Interim Hospice & Palliative Care has implemented a Vet-to-Vet Volunteer Program. This program allows Veteran patients to be paired with a volunteer who is either a vet or has been trained to better understand what the Veteran has experienced. Each Veteran is offered a Veteran Volunteer at admission.
Veteran Volunteers May assist with:
- Providing companionship to veteran Patients, Playing cards/board games, Conversation, Life Review, Letter Writing, Light Housekeeping, and more!
- Providing caregivers with a much needed break.
- Participating in Veteran pinning ceremonies.
As a hospice volunteer in the Wausau area, you will be given the choice as to what types of things you want to do and how much time you want to contribute.
Typical volunteer responsibilities include:
Support for Patients:
- Assisting in support group
- Memorial Service Participation
- Office Work & Other
- Assisting with mailings
- Computer data entry
- Administrative duties
- Making special craft items
Support for Families:
- taking walks
- Writing letters
- Visiting with pets
- Bringing in music
- Vigil sitting
- Respite relief
- Shopping and errands
- Meal preparation
- Light housekeeping
At Interim HealthCare, we know what to look for when it comes to whether a loved one can remain safe and independent in their own home. This simple and free quiz can help guide you when making that important decision.
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