"WOOF"!* *Your certified-therapy dog wants YOU to look at this listing for volunteering!


(41.571804,-87.88443)
 

Cause Areas

When

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

Where

Suburbs of Cook Countyincluding La Grange Park, Hillside, Orland Parkand more!Orland Park, IL 60467

I let the Dogs Out to Volunteer! (Not by themselves)...

About

We are looking for your therapy-certified service animal to come (with you, of course) and make a special visit to the patients that we care for and love!

In my opinion, author Steve Duno summed it up best when he wrote why an animal like a dog could impact seniors in such a meaningful way:

"Dogs were a connection to the past, to family, to children and grandchildren, to summers off, to a less complicated time when just teaching your dog to fetch a ball was a major triumph. Dogs are about camaraderie, loyalty, and faith. They are dependable, upbeat, and forever young, despite being with us for only a flash of time. And they remind us of what it means to love unconditionally, despite the pressures of the day or the burdens of age."

Author Jon Katz wrote, "I would encourage anyone who wants to have a really intimate, powerful experience with humans to look into helping hospice people on the edge of life leave the world in comfort and dignity," Katz said.

Please contact us on behalf of your four-legged companion and friend who wants to put a smile on our patients' faces. We are most definitely willing to work with you!

Any interest applicant must first submit to a phone interview followed by training in person and new hire orientation paperwork that includes a TB-test and fingerprinting (this would be for your human companion; the animal's human companion must also provide paperwork for his canine companion).

For more information, please contact Doug @855-727-9111 and ask for volunteer services or e-mail dweinstein@greatlakescaring.com.

Just to be clear, you and your dog have two separate opportunities available:

1) I can connect you to the specific facility through the facility’s specific activity director so you and your dogs can meet with any of the different residents at the location

2) However, I specifically posted this opportunity for you and your companion to visit patients in a hospice setting (which is sometimes at the same facility). You have a volunteer opportunity to work with Great Lakes’ specific hospice patients who are at these facilities. The hospice route is a little more involved for the handler versus for your animals because we ask you to make a 6 month commitment to your patient(s)-six month is only an estimate--some patients pass away in less than six months and some patients exceed expectations. But that is a general expectation. It would require us to meet in advance (before we brought your dog or dogs over to the facility) to have an orientation about hospice training. Usually volunteers have 2 two-hour orientations with me before we go over to the facility together. We could break that down to anyway that you would prefer which most definitely can be done according to your schedule and where you are located.

Hospice volunteers are requested to meet with the patient at least twice per month for at least a 6-month basis which can be done at any time (and not at specific times for the facility) but that depends on your availability.

And, of course, if you are at a facility, it would be in everyone’s best interest to still have you meet with the specific activity director to find out if he/she wants has other expectations in addition to your commitment to our hospice patient(s). Just because you are a hospice volunteer doesn’t mean you can’t see other people at the facility.

Sometimes on the day of your visit, a specific patient may not want to be seen so it is always nice to have multiple patients to visit. Some volunteers love to see hospice patients first and then they plan a specific time with the activity director to see other residents too in a group setting.

That is why I was going to request a physical address from you. I can send you the forms out in advance and then we can meet if you are interested in the hospice route. In addition to the forms, we would also need a copy of your valid auto insurance and a copy of your driver’s license. If your doctor is willing to send us a record of your last TB test and a letter stating that you are "fit for volunteering" then you wouldn’t have to redo either of these tests that are required for you to volunteer with your service animal.

And from your four legged companion, we would need the following information:
· Health Record with vaccinations and tests administered by a licensed and accredited veterinarian showing:
· Current DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (3 year booster)
· Bordetella given each year
· Current Rabies
· Annual fecal tests indicating negative for parasites
· Valid Therapy Dog Certificate of Liability Insurance Policy
· Dog License

We, of course, would also take this information and provide it to the facility too so they have a copy on file.

As a former activity director, I believe the interactions between seniors and animals are very powerful. In fact, Steve Duno, pet enthusiast and author, put it best when he wrote about this specific type of interaction:

"On the way home from the private nursing home, I thought about why a short, simple visit from a dog could invoke such joy amongst a group of seniors. Dogs were a connection to the past, to family, to children and grandchildren, to summers off, to a less complicated time when just teaching your dog to fetch a ball was a major triumph. Dogs are about camaraderie, loyalty, and faith. They are dependable, upbeat, and forever young, despite being with us for only a flash of time. And they remind us of what it means to love unconditionally, despite the pressures of the day or the burdens of age."

So I look forward to working with you and your service companion in any way that you see fit. If you want to work with the specific facility, I know how valuable you are and I would be happy to let that specific person know!

I am also very appreciative of your time-hospice rules and regulations set by Medicare require us to have volunteers work at least 5% of our total hours. So your hours help us get closer to our monthly goal!

Thank you graciously for volunteering in the first place!"

Doug

Skills

  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Animal Therapy
  • Community Outreach
  • Animal Care / Handling

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 2x per month if not more
  • Licensed service animal in the State of Illinois
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