Share your therapy dog's unconditional love with hospice patients! (West Bend)
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Volunteers are the HEART of Heartland Hospice! We are looking for therapy dog/handler teams in West Bend, or a surrounding community, to enrich the lives of our hospice patients. The pet visitor volunteer, along with their certified therapy dog, can encourage an emotional connection, alleviate stress and feelings of isolation, promote self-esteem and provide meaningful interactions/activities to support life review and the sharing of memories. Service hours are flexible and scheduled according to your availability and location. Volunteers and their furry friends have the power to bring the greatest gifts to our patients’ lives... a smile and reassurance that comes with knowing they are genuinely cared for. If you have a friendly canine who has a lot of love to give and spreads joy wherever she/he goes, this is the opportunity for you!
PLEASE NOTE: FOR THIS VOLUNTEER ROLE, CANINE MUST BE CURRENTLY CERTIFIED AS A THERAPY ANIMAL. There are many organizations that can provide the therapy animal certification, including: Alliance of Therapy Dogs (www.therapydogs.com) and Therapy Dogs International (www.tdi-dog.org/).
Handlers will also need to attend a Heartland Hospice volunteer orientation; complete application paperwork, including background and reference checks; and get two TB tests.
Certain breed restrictions apply.
About Heartland Hospice
1233 N. Mayfair Rd., Suite 100, Milwaukee, WI 53226, US
Heartland Hospice provides specialized care that meets the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and loved ones facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The quality of life for those we serve is enhanced by encouraging personal choices, supporting meaningful experiences and preserving dignity. Every day, we enrich the lives of our patients and the people who love them by blending advanced medical care with a compassionate touch.
Heartland offers hospice services wherever a patient calls home, whether the care is provided in a home setting, assisted living facility or skilled nursing center. We are committed to providing comfort of the mind, body and spirit. Our specially trained staff helps manage pain and symptoms, thereby enabling patients to live their lives as fully as possible. In addition, our team members create a comforting environment and provide emotional support to families who need help coping with the loss of a loved one.
To serve as our guiding principles, we've created the Heartland Caring Promises: We promise to care for the mind, body and spirit. We promise to provide care that is comforting and compassionate. We promise to respect patient and family choices. We promise to unite with community partners in care. We promise to be accepting and supportive of patients wherever they are in life's journey.
The hospice volunteer program stresses human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient. Our volunteers offer support, companionship and assistance with non-medical tasks to help this special group of people. The hospice volunteer program ensures that patients spend their final days in dignity and comfort and provide the extra love and care our clients and their families need at this time in their life.
We'll work with your schedule.
TBD - we'll match you with patients in your area!West Bend, WI 53095
- Hospice Care
- Elder care
- People Skills
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- Relationship Building
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- Recommended minimum of two visits per month
- A kind heart!