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Cause Areas

When

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

Where

Volunteer near your homeWheaton, IL 60187

The Best Therapy is Hugging a Pet

About

As a Pet Therapy Volunteer you will be assigned to visit patients in your own community. You bring your special skills and special friends to offer love and joy to our Hospice patients and their families. You help make final wishes come true. You and your pet are celebrities! Crowds in long term care facilities actually gather when they hear you might be coming today. But the patient, most of all, looks forward to your visit as they may be bed-bound. Often, you are their hope.

Helping to care for our patients and families is a critical role played by our volunteers. Volunteers in Patient Care and Family Support provide in-home services to patients currently being served by Rainbow Hospice.

Because of the direct patient and family interaction, all of these positions require Patient Care and Family Support volunteers to go through specialized Patient Care Training. This process teaches you about hospice and terminal illness and helps prepare volunteers to interact with and support our patients and families.

The time commitment for this position is 3-4 hours a week. You will arrange a time with the patient’s caregiver that works best for you and the patient.

Key requirements for all patient care positions are as follows:

(All costs paid for by Rainbow.)

  • Orientation Interview
  • Online training you complete at home!
  • 3 hour live training
  • Physical, drug screening and TB test
  • Background check and fingerprinting
  • Reliable transportation
  • Pet Therapy Certification and Insurance (Insurance, paid by the volunteer, is usually added to a homeowners policy and is very inexpensive.)

Skills

  • Veteran Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Bereavement Support
  • Patient Care

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3-4 hours a wk/arrange w/caregiver to meet patient
  • 3 hr live training,Physical, drug & TB test, fingerprint,Reliable trans, Pet Therapy Cert& Insurance

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