ANN ARBOR – Arbor Hospice is looking for compassionate volunteers to help patients and families dealing with life-limiting illnesses in communities throughout Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw counties. All types of volunteers are particularly needed in Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Gregory, Jackson and Stockbridge, Michigan.
While no two volunteers have the same experience, all volunteers offer countless benefits to the patients and families they serve. Some examples of this include:
- Listening to patients during companionship visits;
- Engaging with patients through playing music;
- Providing crucial moments of relief for caregivers and family members;
- Bringing joy to patients with pet visits;
- Fellow veterans visiting veteran patients;
- Licensed cosmetologists providing in-home haircuts;
- Helping with office work, and more.
“We are in extreme need for all types of volunteers in the area,” said Alana Knoppow, volunteer program manager for Arbor Hospice. “Volunteers play a pivotal role in the care of hospice patients. They help tremendously, and patients are so grateful for their services.”
The not-for-profit relies on volunteers every day to improve the quality of life of patients during what is arguably the toughest time of their lives. Since the onset of the pandemic, many seniors, including hospice patients, have experienced increased feelings of isolation and loneliness. Arbor Hospice volunteers play a crucial role in bringing back socialization and smiles to this special population.
About Arbor Hospice
Arbor Hospice, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, provides quality, compassionate care for those experiencing life-limiting illnesses throughout Washtenaw County and surrounding communities. A founding member of the NorthStar Care Community, Arbor offers certified community-based and inpatient hospice services and palliative care through NorthStar Palliative Care, as well as grief support services and community education programs. Through other NorthStar Care Community members, Arbor also provides pediatric hospice care and compassionate support services through Jo Elyn Nyman Anchors Programs for Children and education programs for physicians and health care professionals through the NorthStar Institute. The NorthStar Care Community also includes Hospice of Michigan. In total, NorthStar Care Community members serve more than 5,100 patients annually across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. For more information, visit http://www.arborhospice.org or call 888-992-2273.