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Pet Therapy for Hospice Patients - Grand Rapids & Surrounding Areas

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ORGANIZATION: Grace Hospice-Grand Rapids

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Pet Therapy Volunteer

Is your beloved four-legged companion a licensed pet therapy dog?

Are you interested in sharing your pet's unique gifts to comfort and bring joy to hospice patients?

The unconditional love of an animal is so beautiful and does miracles in bringing joy, companionship, and help alleviate pain and anxiety.

If you have a pet who has gone through the process of being a License Pet Therapy animal and you and your friend have just a few hours a week to bring joy to our patients, we would love to have you on our team!

Your pet will have to provide:

  • License from an accredited pet therapy program
  • Proof of all up to date vaccines
  • Proof of annual pet license
They will also have to:
  • Be comfortable in homes and facility settings
  • Be comfortable being petted
  • Stay calm for a period of time
As a Pet Therapy Volunteer, you will provide needed comfort and companionship by sharing your therapy dog with Grace Hospice patients. This is done in a way that increases emotional well-being and improves the quality of life for the patients being visited, as well as the staff/family members who are caring for the patients.

All Volunteers are afforded specialized training, given Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as needed, become an integral part of the Grace Hospice care team and are provided direct support by the Volunteer Coordinator.

If you have a buddy that you would like to share, please contact the Grace Hospice Volunteer Coordinator today!

Website: www.ghospice.com
Office Phone: 616-432-2050
Email: mraymond@ghospice.com

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About Grace Hospice-Grand Rapids

Location:

3355 Eagle Park Dr. NE, Suite 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49525, US

Mission Statement

For each employee to treat every patient as their own treasured loved one, providing care that affords a quality of life that outweighs quantity of days, and supports caregivers as their hearts find healing.

Description

Hospice is a philosophy of caring for patients whose medical conditions are not responding to treatment or for those patients who choose not to seek aggressive medical care at the end stage of life. It is a program for patients who are considered terminal and are expected to live six months or less if the disease follows its natural course, although many patients outlive this time frame. The hospice philosophy focuses on comfort care not curative care. The goal of hospice care is for the patient to remain as comfortable and pain-free as possible in their own home or the home of a loved one through the end of life. Hospice care can also be provided in a long-term care facility or an assisted living facility

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Community
People with Disabilities
Animals, Community, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Grand Rapids, MI 49525

(43.03149,-85.58179)
 

SKILLS

  • Hospice Care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Bereavement Support
  • Patient Care
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Healthcare

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible schedule; several visits per month
  • Licensed Pet Therapy. We service patients where they are located. Volunteer must be able to commute to patient's location. Drug screening, TB test, background check, COVID-19 vaccination or medical/religious waiver.

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