Through the Heartland Hospice "Vets for Vets" program, veteran volunteers (or active duty members) 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. Vets for vets 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 active 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 themselves.
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 "Vets for Vets" 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.
Contact Volunteer Coordinator Emilee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-944-2016 to learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity!