Volunteering at Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association (SHVNA) gives you the unique opportunity to provide comfort, friendship and support to patients in their home environment. Regardless of your life status―whether you’re a student, professional, retiree or homemaker―you can make a difference in a homebound patient’s life.
Roles and OpportunitiesBe a friendly visitor.
Provide much needed socialization and companionship to a homebound patient. This visit may include lots of great conversation, playing cards, video or board games, reading a book or newspaper or taking a walk with your client. Just one short visit per week can bring great joy to a lonely patient.
Offer relief to a weary caregiver.
Offer the gift of respite to a primary caregiver who is weary from the responsibility of providing care to a loved one 24 hours a day. Just sitting for a few hours with a patient can allow their caregiver to renew their strength and attend to necessary tasks in or outside of the home.
Run errands and do shopping.
Shopping has new purpose when you are helping a homebound patient. Do much needed activities like pick up groceries, prescriptions or dry cleaning. When a client is unable to get out of their home, this type of help is invaluable.
Share your special talents with our patients.
Use your special talents to help patients in their home. You can do things like sewing projects, including quilts or walker bags, or even mend patients’ clothing. You might work with a patient on a craft project, on the computer or help them organize a closet or family photos. SHVNA is always looking for new talents and ways to support our patients in their homes.
Work on special projects in our office.
Support our patients and staff by working on special projects at our central office. Projects vary and offer opportunities to hone new skills or keep your current office skills sharp. These projects are an enjoyable way to use your organizational gifts and talents while interacting with staff and other volunteers to support our home care patients.
Transport a patient to an important appointment.
Volunteer drivers may drive clients in non-emergency circumstances for important medical appointments. These drivers must be licensed in Michigan, have current Michigan car insurance and most importantly, an excellent driving record. Patients are especially grateful to have this personal door-to-door service.
All volunteers must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete an application and provide two references
- Pass a background check
- Successfully complete an orientation program and be offered a volunteer position
- Be tested for tuberculosis annually and have a flu vaccination
- Complete an annual education program