MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Trillium House is an eight-bed non-profit hospice house that opened in Marquette just three weeks ago.
Today, they're already halfway at capacity according to Trillium House Executive Director, Pat Bray.
"We want to make sure that whoever the caregiver is, they can just be that with their loved one. And we'll take care of the day-to-day stuff for them," Bray assured us.
Bray understands that caring for a loved one, especially towards the end of life is a full time job. That's why Trillium House is looking for enough volunteers to help keep a large house clean and in working order.
"It helps keep our costs as low as possible while giving the kind of care that we really want these folks to have and that they deserve,” added Bray.
Residents at Trillium House receive care from paid medical professionals, day and night. Volunteers will fill in the gaps when needed.
"What we want to do is have one or two volunteers in the house every day for a couple hours around each meal time. That just makes sure that the residents have somebody who could make a meal for them, help them eat if there's something going on with the staff that they need to be with one of the other residents," asserted Bray.
Volunteers might prepare meals, catch up on laundry or dishes and other household tasks. That way, the staff can focus on the residents' health and safety and family members can enjoy quality time with their loved ones without having to become the caregiver.
So whether you're handy with a kitchen knife or a hammer, they'll find something for you to do.
"We’ve got pretty extensive grounds. So we're looking for some folks to help us keep the lawn mowed and that kind of thing. And then of course, we'll need some help with reception and office work and that kind of thing," the Director stipulated.
Maybe you've had a hospice experience in the past and you want to give back.
"And this is just a way for them to say thank you and to be part of that process for someone else and that's what they tell me they get the most out of. Just being here and helping, not just the residents but the families. We're not intrusive but we're here if they need us," concluded Bray.
If you're considering lending a hand, stop by Trillium house for a visit at 1144 Northland Drive, Marquette or click here to visit their website.