Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice – the most vibrant, trusted, and – above all – present member of the caring hospice team. U.P. Hospice volunteers receive 10 or more weeks of training and orientation. They commit to ongoing training to support their efforts and to encourage personal renewal. There are a variety of ways that they can help:
- Reading aloud or writing letters
- Shopping and other personal errands
- Meal preparation
- Respite care for family members
- Escorting the patient on important outings – a walk in the woods, a fishing trip, a pampering date at the local salon, or a night at a granddaughter’s ball game
All volunteers are careful and caring listeners. They spend time at the patient’s home – listening, encouraging, understanding all that is said, and much that is left unsaid.
UPHH Memorial Gardens
UPHH Memorial Gardens are located on the Presque Isle Marina in Marquette and at the Teal Lake Medical Center, in Negaunee. Each year, we host two summer memorial gatherings – a time for family, friends and hospice staff to remember the lives of those under our care.
UPHH Grant-a-Wish is a mini-version of the nationally recognized Make-a-Wish program. Foundation funds have been used to support a variety of activities, including family reunions, fall color tours, or just a last summer visit to take a sauna at camp.