Do you have a certified therapy Dog or Cat? Are you a caring person with a compassionate heart?Become a hospice volunteer and share the love of your pet with others who have a life-limiting illness. Being a hospice volunteer not only makes a difference in a patient’s life but also in yours too.
BEACON HOSPICE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR PET THERAPY:
Each volunteer who provides an animal for pet therapy must meet the requirements of an Amedisys direct care volunteer, including volunteer training.
Any pet intended to make patient visits must have an affidavit by their owner that the pet has no history of aggressive behavior towards strangers.
Any pet intended to make patient visits must be certified by a humane-animal organization.
Each volunteer providing a pet to Amedisys hospice for pet therapy must sign a statement releasing Amedisys from any liability related to pet behavior.
Each pet must have a file with Amedisys Hospice that includes the animal’s health history and up to date vaccination record.
When pet therapy is requested, the volunteer coordinator will make a visit to the patient’s residence (whether at home or in a facility) to assess and arrange for an animal to be assigned.
The Volunteer coordinator will contact the volunteer animal handler to schedule visit.
Pet Handler should ensure no animal jeopardizes the health, safety, comfort, treatment or well being of the patients/residents, staff, or any person (s) not being serviced.
The presence of animal (s) should not interfere with the health and rights of other individuals not being serviced, i.e. noise, odor, allergies, and interference with free movement.
Pet handler should adhere to the patient’s residence (whether at home or in a facility) rules, policy and procedures with the intent of or providing therapy.