Our opportunities are flexible and based upon your availability. Pet team volunteers serve both patients and families in the home and/or nursing facilities. Typically, once trained, a pet team volunteer visits 1 time per week for a total requirement of 2-4 hours of service which includes their travel time.
Activities during a visit might include socializing with the patient and family, listening, life review with a patient, or simply sitting silently in witness to and honor of the patient’s journey. Please note, Volunteers DO NOT transfer patients, change diapers, give medications, or offer medical care/advice.
Your dog must be certified through a local or national agency, interviewed by our staff, and the appropriate documentation processed with both the certifying organization and ours, prior to visiting with patients.
People must attend our full volunteer training which fulfills all Medicare requirements for Volunteer Service, in addition to developing numerous appropriate life skills, including being present for the dying. Please visit
www.Seasons.org for a brief look at Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care and our Volunteer Program.
Our Mission Statement: Honoring Life Offering Hope
Volunteers play an extremely important role in hospice. Without them, most hospices would not be able to carry on their work.
There are some 95,000 volunteers in America. Each year they give more than 5 million hours helping dying persons and their families.
They provide assistance at all skill levels. Many are relatives and friends of former hospice patients who, having seen how much hospice can help, want to contribute to its good work.
As a direct patient care volunteer you would be providing the patient and/or family with emotional support and companionship. Volunteer activities with patients include watching TV, reading, listening to music, crafts, listening, talking and providing caregiver respite.
As an indirect volunteer you will be providing administrative and office support to the hospice team. This may include copying, answering phones and special projects.
As a volunteer you will provide care and support that is unique to each patient's needs. By doing this you can create a bond between you, the patient and family that is priceless.