"CELEBRATE LIFE!" Become a Pet Therapy Volunteer for a Hospice Patient - Akron #3


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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

145 Olive StreetAkron, OH 44310


About

The opportunity below is for an unpaid volunteer position with Tridia Hospice.

Tridia Hospice provides compassionate care to patients - and their families - during and after the final stage of their life. Volunteers serve an important purpose by giving their time.

Tridia has patients in the AKRON area that could benefit from a volunteer to provide pet therapy.

Volunteers are needed who are able to spend a minimum of 1 hour per week with our patients.

Volunteers must provide their own therapy animal. Both the volunteer and the therapy animal must satisfy certain requirements described below.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age, have their own transportation (and insurance, if appropriate), pass a background investigation and a tuberculosis test (both provided by Tridia Hospice), and successfully complete volunteer orientation and training (also provided by Tridia Hospice). Therapy animals must be certified through an appropriate organization (Pet Partners, Therapy Dogs International, AKC Therapy Dog Program and Therapy Dogs Incorporated), current with vaccinations, and pass an assessment for compatibility with specific hospice patients.

The ideal volunteer candidate does not need experience; instead, they need patience, compassion, and concern for their companion.

Volunteers must: be respectful of patients, staff, and other volunteers they interact with; complete their scheduled visits or reschedule them promptly; document their visits appropriately; follow Tridia’s policies and legal requirements.

Tridia Hospice is required by Federal law to have a volunteer program for our patients. Volunteers serve as companions - and often friends - for our patients, many of whom may only be visited by our volunteers.

Volunteers provide an impartial person for the patient to socialize with. Hospice volunteers usually experience a great deal of satisfaction from their service and usually develop strong emotional bonds with the patients they visit. Some earn community service credit for volunteering while others gain valuable experience and contacts in the health care industry.

Skills

  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • As much time as your heart and schedule allows
  • Tuberculosis test provided.
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