Pet Therapy for Hospice Patients

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Amedisys Hospice of SC

Amedisys Hospice

Pet Therapy for Hospice Patients

Do you have a certified therapy Dog, Cat or other pet? Are you a caring person with a compassionate heart? Become a hospice volunteer and share the love of your pet with others who have a life-limiting illness. Being a hospice volunteer not only makes a difference in a patient’s life but also in yours too.

Amedisys HOSPICE OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR PET THERAPY:

  • Each volunteer who provides an animal for pet therapy must meet the requirements of an Amedisys direct care volunteer, including volunteer training.
  • Any pet intended to make patient visits must have an affidavit by their owner that the pet has no history of aggressive behavior towards strangers.
  • Any pet intended to make patient visits must be certified by a humane-animal organization.
  • Each volunteer providing a pet to Amedisys hospice for pet therapy must sign a statement releasing Amedisys from any liability related to pet behavior.
  • Each pet must have a file with Amedisys Hospice that includes the animal’s health history and up to date vaccination record.
  • When pet therapy is requested, the volunteer coordinator will make a visit to the patient’s residence (whether at home or in a facility) to assess and arrange for an animal to be assigned.
  • The Volunteer coordinator will contact the volunteer animal handler to schedule visit.
  • Pet Handler should ensure no animal jeopardizes the health, safety, comfort, treatment or wellbeing of the patients/residents, staff, or any person (s) not being serviced.
  • The presence of animal (s) should not interfere with the health and rights of other individuals not being serviced, i.e. noise, odor, allergies, and interference with free movement.
  • Pet handler should adhere to the patient’s residence (whether at home or in a facility) rules, policy and procedures with the intent of or providing therapy.

Thank you, Jan Sturgeon (864) 335-0455 Janine.sturgeon@amedisys.com

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Animals Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Hospice Care
  • Animal Therapy

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour per week
  • Certified Pet therapy animal, animal health history and up to date vacination record

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