The opportunity below is for an unpaid volunteer position with Bella Care Hospice.
Bella Care 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.
Bella has patients in the 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 Bella Hospice), and successfully complete volunteer orientation and training (also provided by Bella 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 Bella's policies and legal requirements.
Bella 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.
About Bella Care Hospice/Cleveland/Ashtabula/ Akron/Hudson
Main Office, 5000 Rockside Road, Independence, OH 44131, US
The mission of Bella Care Hospice is to affirm and celebrate the significance of human life and recognize dying as a natural process. We carry out this mission by providing superior health, social, emotional and spiritual services to enhance the quality of life with peace and dignity for patients and support for families.
Each year, more than 450 thousand hospice volunteers give more than 20 million hours of service. From spending time with patients and families to providing administrative assistance and helping with fundraising, volunteers are instrumental in the life of every hospice. Most volunteers come to hospice because of personal experience with seeing the quality of care that hospice provides at the end of life.