Source Of Unconditional Love (SOUL) Hospital (Dog and Owner) Volunteer
10 people are interested
- Serves as a member of the hospital team in meeting the needs of patients and families in the hospital program following a Plan of Care developed through collaboration by the hospital team, patient and caregivers. Volunteers may, along with his/her dog, provide companionship and support, as well as hospital visitation to patient/families as needed, both active patients.
- Serves under the direction/supervision of the Hospice Volunteer Services Supervisor.
- Completion of volunteer training orientation through the Hospital Volunteer Program, 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 or Canine Good Citizen Certification.
- Compliance with maintaining these requirements.
- Must commit to 100 hours of volunteer service (2 hours per week).
- Must attend 4 Volunteer Meetings per year.
- 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*
- Effective communication skills
- Role of the volunteer in hospital program
Accountabilities and Job-Related Competencies:
- Follows all Dignity Health Policies and Procedures
- Maintains confidentiality of protected health information
- Communicates effectively with patients/families
- Works as a member of the hospital 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 hospital 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 hospital 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 of 100 volunteer hours (2 hours per week)
- 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.
We'll work with your schedule.
6501 Coyle Ave.9912 Business Park Dr. Suite 100Carmichael, CA 95608
- Animal Therapy
- 2 hours a week
- Attend 4 volunteer meetings per year