There are multiple volunteer opportunities; volunteering for a person with health/medical challenges in the volunteer’s own community, providing respite for the family caregiver, helping at the office in Owosso, helping with events, helping with special projects. Volunteer opportunities for helping in the office include; greeting guests, answering the phone, correspondence, filing, helping prepare newsletters, data entry, cleaning, yard work, maintaining the building, preparing for workshops and events and helping with fundraising.
The program serves adults who have ongoing health and medical challenges, especially if their family caregivers need respite volunteer services. The volunteer service is based on availability of volunteers for each community. A home visit is completed by a Respite Volunteer case manager for persons requesting the service, to assess the person, and their family caregiver, and basic home safety in order to establish the person and family is eligible, offer suggestions, and be able to choose a compatible volunteer to be matched. Staff members also provide the person and their family caregivers with patient and caregiver education about the many other health, home care and senior services that are available, that may further stabilize the person being able to remain at home. Volunteers primarily provide friendly visiting, and respite (a gift of time) to 24/7 family caregivers.
The largest need for volunteers is to be matched with and serve adults with ongoing health needs, and their caregiving families, and especially persons who are frail, elderly, and living alone. Respite volunteers typically spend one to three hours a week of time with the person they are matched with in their own community, and help as needed depending on each person and family caregiving situation. The volunteers provide friendly visiting, play cards or board games, help the person with hobbies, and provide respite to the family caregivers. Volunteers willing to be matched with someone are needed throughout the county, but especially in Durand, Bancroft, Byron, Lennon, Laingsburg, Morrice, Shaftsburg, New Lothrop and Corunna.
For additional information, please see the website: www.respitevolunteers.org or the Respite Volunteer facebook page, call 989-725-1127 or stop by the office at the historic brick home east of Memorial Healthcare, 710 W. King St. in Owosso. The main entrance is on the parking lot side. Persons who are interested in attending the workshop are asked to register in advance firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-725-1127. Adults with health and medical challenges, and their family caregivers may also contact Respite Volunteers to request and evaluation to receive services.
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