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ORGANIZATION: Amedisys Hospice of York

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Pet Therapy Program - Amedisys Hospice is looking to provide joy and companionship through pets. Hospice patients and their loved ones are eager to have visitors, especially with a wagging tail, who will provide a caring presence. As a Pet Therapy Volunteer, you will assist in providing one of the many alternative treatment programs used to help with the care of patients experiencing a life limiting illnesses. Therapy pets often connect with a patient in a way a person cannot. If you have a pet, dog, cat, rabbit, miniature pony, etc..., you think would be a great therapy animal, we'd love to have you!

Skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Volunteers need to be able to fit into any mode: engage in conversations from the superficial to the spiritually profound, depending on the day. Also need to be comfortable with silence.

Requirements:

  • Be able to provide own transportation.

  • Complete volunteer training and orientation

  • Complete background check (free)

  • Tuberculosis tests (free)

  • Pet Requirements:

  • Be certified through a proper organization

  • Have all current vaccinations and pass a health screening by a veterinarian

  • Be cleaned and groomed before each visit

*Out of respect for the grieving process, if you are a surviving family member, we encourage you to wait a minimum of 13 months following the patient's death to serve as a direct care volunteer or in public relations activities

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About Amedisys Hospice of York

Location:

984 Loucks Road York, Pa 17404, Suite 1, york, PA 17404, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to share our passion for improving quality of life through innovative healthcare, one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Description

Hospice is a program of supportive services for terminally ill patients and their families. An interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, home health aides, spiritual care coordinators, therapists and volunteers work together to provide individualized services. All team members are trained in providing emotional support to the patient and family. The hospice team goes to the patient, whether they are living in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals or assisted living communities.

Hospice neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Rather, its goal is to affirm life and encourage the patient to maintain control over decisions that affect his or her quality of life. Support is available 24 hours a day. Hospice care is ready to meet the everchanging physical, emotional, and spiritual needs experienced by the patient and family during the dying and bereavement process.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

York, Adams, and Cumberland CountiesYork, Gettysburg, Camp Hill areas, PA 17404

(39.9849,-76.7612)
 

SKILLS

  • Hospice Care
  • People Skills
  • Animal Therapy
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours each month
  • 2- Step PPD (TB testing) - costs paid by Amedysis Hospice Pets - rabies & therapy cert.

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