The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Aseracare Hospice is seeking available volunteers who specialize in sharing their trained pet with persons who are ill or lonely. Volunteers function as companion volunteers with the specialty focus on encouraging and enhancing patient interactions with their certified pet. There may be only one visit, but often additional or on-going pet companion visits are requested.
Attendance at all required sessions of Direct Volunteer Training/Orientation, including specific training discussing use of pets in patient care in various settings, as well as pertinent hospice policies and procedures.
Pet must be certified for visits by a certified Pet Therapy Program, comparable to those listed on the American Kennel Club’s website. .
Volunteer Coordinator will conduct 2-3 supervisory visits with volunteer and pet before they make unsupervised visits.
Acceptance of supervision and direction from appropriate team members as is applicable to this program.
Agreement with hospice philosophy.
Maintenance of appropriate boundaries and confidentiality.