Volunteer FAQs

Why are volunteers so important to Hospice of Michigan?

Volunteers are integral to Hospice of Michigan. Whether volunteers are working alongside a care-giving team, or assisting with office or events, volunteers help support Hospice of Michigan’s end-of-life mission.

How long is the training?

A six-hour training is required for all volunteers who wish to volunteer with Hospice of Michigan.

What is covered in the training?

Volunteers receive instruction on the roles of the hospice team members, including: the patient’s physician, hospice physician, nurse, social worker, spiritual care counselor, hospice aide, and grief support counselor. Any given volunteer role will be explained to you, so that you can determine if it’s a good fit.

Can I volunteer for work other than patient care?

Yes. Hospice of Michigan needs volunteers to help with fundraisers, marketing and mailings, grief support, public speaking, computer, and IT assistance, sewing, hair styling, and more.

What is the time commitment?

Volunteer services are flexible to work around most schedules. There are no set schedules; it all depends on the needs of Hospice of Michigan’s teams and your availability. Two to four hours a week is encouraged.

How do you support new volunteers?

You will have a Volunteer Program Coordinator who is responsible for training, supervising, supporting, and scheduling your work. Hospice of Michigan staff is available to you by phone or in the office. There are also volunteer support group meetings, in-services, phone calls, newsletters, and more to keep you connected. Working with Hospice of Michigan staff, you will be able to decide when to accept assignments without supervision.

Will I ever be expected to be present when a patient dies?

This is up to you, the patient, and his/her loved ones. Hospice of Michigan offers to be present at the time of death if the family requests this support. Volunteers who sit with a patient during the death process are there entirely by choice.

What type of environment will I be working in?

Hospice of Michigan cares for patients wherever they live: in private or nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, and group homes. If you are not directly involved in patient care, you will work at a local Hospice of Michigan office.

Ready to get started?

Hospice of Michigan needs your help. Please complete an application and get started.