Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services

Employment and Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities

Aarthun Honored

Reese Aarthun was recently honored for her volunteer work at the Aspirus Hospice House. (Read her story)

Volunteers are key members of our Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services team. Each person works directly with our volunteer coordinator to determine what volunteer position best suits him or her. There are three main categories of volunteer opportunities: Patient/Family, Bereavement and Friends of Hospice. If you are interested in volunteering for Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, a volunteer overview program is available to assist you in your decision.

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Overview Program

Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services provides an overview to give those interested a basic understanding of our services and the role of a volunteer. The Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services overview, a series of seven two-hour sessions, is offered two times each year. Topics include:

  • Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services Philosophy

  • Communication Skills

  • Living With a Terminal Illness

  • Personal Death Awareness

  • Spirituality

  • Grief and Loss

  • Funeral Home Visit

Additional Training

After completing Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services overview, if you find the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services volunteer program a good fit for you and you want to work directly with patients, these additional training sessions are provided:

  • Transfer and Feeding

  • Safety

  • Infection Control

  • Confidentiality

  • Bed Making

  • Bathing

You will also have the opportunity to meet with veteran Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services volunteers. A minimum of eight to ten hours of volunteer work supervised by a veteran volunteer will be completed before new volunteers are able to work on their own.

To become a Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services volunteer or for information on the next Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services overview, call our volunteer coordinator directly at (715) 847-2705.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to put into action your desire to serve others. Each of us has special abilities to help build a stronger community. Volunteering not only helps others, it also gives the volunteer a true sense of giving. You will make a difference!

Patient/Family Volunteers

Patient/Family volunteers provide an important source of emotional support for our patients and their families.

Through their own unique life experiences and perspectives, our volunteers provide valuable care that is very much appreciated. These volunteers receive 36 hours of training through the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services volunteer training program.

  • Palliative Care Unit Volunteers work under the supervision of registered nurses in helping patients and families in the hospital setting by providing care and emotional support.

  • Home Care Volunteers offer support in patients' homes, providing caregivers a short respite from daily living responsibilities and a comforting presence.

  • Hospice House Volunteers work with specially trained staff to provide care and support to residents and family members.

  • Teen Volunteers are trained to work under the guidance of experienced volunteers at the Palliative Care Unit and Hospice House. Teens offer the vibrancy of youth and the patience for listening that so many of our patients enjoy.

  • Vigil Volunteers provide spiritual and emotional support to those patients who do not wish to die alone. Specialized training is provided.

Bereavement Volunteers

Bereavement volunteers support family members in the first year after a patient's death. Contact with family members can be made in person or by telephone. These volunteers attend a series of sessions offered in Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services overview as well as specialized bereavement training sessions.

  • Group Facilitators help coordinate and lead grief support groups for adults and children.

  • Friends of Hospice offer their services in a wide variety of ways. These volunteers are not required to attend Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services overview, but many choose to. Training is provided based upon the task the volunteer wants to do.

  • Clerical Volunteers may do mailings, special projects, filing and computer work.

  • Public Relations Volunteers help develop and distribute Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services information to churches, physician offices, community organizations and area residents.

  • Music Volunteers provide comfort and entertainment to patients.

  • Support Volunteers may aid in the areas of gardening, meal assistance, transportation, holiday dinners, snow removal and yard work.

  • Breakfast Volunteers prepare breakfast for residents at Hospice House.

  • Other Volunteers with special talents of interests are always welcome.