(Waupun) There is a need for hospice volunteers throughout the region. From personal fulfilment to personal gratitude, there are so many benefits to becoming a hospice caregiver volunteer. For Tim Teachout, volunteering is personal. The Waupun resident has gone through the end-of-life experience with his mother, father, and wife. He has been a hospice volunteer ever since the day his cousin asked him to join her.
Teachout’s primary focus as a volunteer is on companionship and medication runs. Prior to his hospice work, he worked for the Dodge County Correctional Institution infirmary unit with inmates.
SSM Health at Home Hospice provides a supportive and compassionate care program for patients who are suffering from a life-threatening illness and do not want immediate cures.
There are several opportunities for those who are interested in volunteering including giving companionship and emotional support, veteran recognition, pet therapy, and assisting with respite and medication deliveries, just to name a few. Teachout says it is a rewarding experience because it allows people to share their gifts, spiritually grow, learn new skills, and belong to a team with a shared goal.
He says that 24/7 caregiving is wearing, and that hospice plays an important role. In addition, Teachout is grateful for hospice services. His advice is to give caregiving a chance because you will not know if you are a caregiver if you do not try.
Hospice centers in Fond du Lac and Green Lake are looking for volunteers in their geographical locations. If interested, please contact SSM Health at Hospice at Home volunteer coordinator Betty Walleser via phone (920)-924-4662 or email at [email protected]