We are currently seeking friendly, well mannered and calm dogs to join Love On Leashes Pet Team serving hospice patients and families throughout the Chicagoland area. We have a special need for Pet Teams available in the greater Elgin area and in the Southwest Suburbs! While visits are temporarily on hold at the moment due to the pandemic, this is the perfect time to train so that when visits open up you are ready!
Patients yearn for dog companionship. Love On Leashes provides companionship, comfort and even a few wet kisses to our terminally ill patients and families. Symptoms such as anxiety and even pain can be redirected with a friendly canine visit. Pet visits stimulate long term memory support and add to the quality of life at the end of life. You are needed!
Dogs must be certified in Animal Assisted Activities, carry insurance liability through certifying agency, be interviewed and possess the appropriate documentation with both the certifying agency and ours prior to patient visits.
Volunteer handlers must be 18 years or older, and complete volunteer training (self study modules). TB Testing, physical, drug screen and criminal background check provided at no charge.
Opportunities are flexible and based on your own personal schedule, level of commitment and travel boundaries. Serve close to home or work. Volunteers are non-medical companions.
Pamper your dog by sharing the love. Join Love On Leashes today!
Our team of hospice experts is committed to providing care for those at end of life, their families and our hospice team members through the practice of Standards of Excellence. Apex promotes dignity, respect, choice and voice as our priority to each individual. Our team works collaboratively with community health professionals you have chosen for a responsive and positive experience. We are with you every step of the way. We believe in Excellence, Respect, Accountability, Innovation and Priority. Apex Hospice and Palliative Care: Your Life...Your Choice...Your Care...Our Priority
APEX Hospice and Palliative Care seeks to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and families who are facing a terminal illness. We focus on quality of life by providing comfort, company and active treatment of distressing symptoms, with the patient and their family as the focus of care. Services are provided by a team of professionals and volunteers who are physician directed and nurse coordinated. Comfort and coping resources are provided to the family for up to 13 months following the death of their loved one. "Family" is patient defined, and may include friends, significant others, life partners and relatives by blood or marriage. It is the expectation of APEX Hospice and Palliative Care that all employees and volunteers are strongly committed to the dignity and worth of each individual human being. Integrity and responsibility are expected conduct in all contacts with patients, families, other service providers, coworkers and the public.