Source of Unconditional Love (SOUL) Hospice (Dog and Owner) Volunteer

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Dignity Health

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General description:

  • Serves as a member of the hospice team in meeting the needs of patients and families in the hospice program following a Plan of Care developed through collaboration by the hospice team, patient and caregivers. Volunteers may, along with his/her dog, provide companionship and support, as well as hospital visitation to Hospice patient/families as needed, both active patients, as well as families in bereavement
  • Serves under the direction/supervision of the Hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor.


  • Completion of 8 hours of volunteer training through the Hospice Relias Volunteer Training, End-of-Life Specialist certification, or equivalent to be assessed and determined by the Dignity Health Hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor.
  • Meets all requirements of Dignity Health Employee Health screening and clearance for duty, including but not limited to initial health appraisal, vaccinations, and annual PPD testing.
  • Must have a Therapy Pet.
  • Compliance with maintaining these requirements.
  • Current California Drivers License or ID.
  • Proof of auto insurance.
  • Availability of operating motor vehicle.
  • Must commit to 100 hours of volunteer service (2 hours per week).
  • Must attend 4 Volunteer Meetings per year.
  • Current CPR certification recommended but not required.
  • The volunteer must have highly developed dog-training and handling skills. He/she must exhibit a strong bond with his/her dog, as well as an understanding of basic animal behavior.
  • Current registration with either Pet Partners (r) Therapy Animal Program, Therapy Dogs Incorporated or Canine Good Citizen Certification

Knowledge of:

  • Hospice care and philosophy
  • Principles of death and dying
  • Effective communication skills
  • Role of the volunteer in hospice program
  • Principles of grief and bereavement

Accountabilities and Job-Related Competencies:

  • Follows all Dignity Health Policies and Procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality of protected health information
  • Communicates effectively with terminally ill patients/families
  • Works as a member of the hospice team and reports urgent needs of the patient and family to the appropriate team members
  • Keeps hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor informed of patient/family status as appropriate
  • Ability to take direction from the hospice team
  • Responds appropriately to unexpected occurrences or emergencies with patients/families
  • Communicates with appropriate staff any concerns re: patient/family
  • Maintains appropriate personal boundaries in the relationship with the patient, family and hospice team
  • Maintains appropriate and timely documentation.
  • Ability to provide respectful care to patients and families with diverse backgrounds, race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and culture
  • Keeps established time commitment to the patients and notifies supervisor if unable or if time commitment changes
  • Willingness to learn about different cultures
  • Maintains all mandatory training and in service requirements.
  • Willingly accepts patient assignments and make regular visits as arranged
  • Willingness to make a one year commitment
  • Attends a minimum of 4 hospice volunteer meetings per year
  • Adheres to safety standards and practices universal precautions


  • All dogs must have current registration with either Pet Partners (r) Therapy Animal Program, Therapy Dogs Incorporated or Canine Good Citizen Certification.
  • Be one year of age or older.
  • Pass annual medical screening with their veterinarian.
  • Dogs must pass behavioral screening tests conducted by SOUL evaluator.
  • All dogs must be free of external and internal parasites.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in basic obedience.
  • All dogs must be current on all vaccinations.
  • Toenails must be trimmed and filed smooth prior to each visit.
  • All dogs must be bathed and thoroughly brushed within 24 hours of visit.
  • Receives and wears volunteer uniform (scarf and ID badge).
  • Dogs exhibiting signs of stress during visit will discontinue visit and be removed.
  • Barking or boisterous behavior will not be permitted.

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9912 Business Park Dr. STE. 100Sacramento, CA 95827



  • Hospice Care
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Animal Therapy




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week
  • Completion of Hospice Teaching Transitions Training

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