- 4-6 hours/month; Hospice will coordinate with the patient’s availability and yours for one-hour massages
- 18+; pass a background check and TB test; a waiting period of one year after your own loved one dies; licensed massage therapist
- Varies by where patient lives
Is This the Right Fit for Me?
You know massage therapy has a lot of physical and emotional benefits for the client. You’re energized by the idea of offering your gift to people experiencing a very difficult season. You know each situation you walk into will be different, and you’re willing to be flexible and find what works for each client and their family. As a professional massage therapist, you know how to be a calm and reassuring presence and learn for your client what will work best for them.
About Hospice of Michigan
Hospice of Michigan ensures quality of life, comfort, and peace for their patients and provides support for patients’ loved ones during their end-of-life experience. HOS serves everyone in the greater Grand Rapids community who needs and seeks care; they strive to improve the state of comfort care.
Contact the Organization
If you’re ready to ask some questions and get started, contact the Hospice of Michigan directly.
What to Expect
Contact Claire to ask questions and learn more about the role. Then, fill out the online application. Once Claire receives it, she’ll reach out for some paperwork details: background check, driver’s license, etc. You’ll be invited to a six-hour orientation from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., which may be on a weekday or weekend, depending on volunteer demand. After that, you’ll receive a welcome packet in a week or two with your volunteer badge and instructions for TB testing and fingerprinting. Once those two steps are complete, you’ll be ready to start!