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Pet Therapy for Hospice patients

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ORGANIZATION: Wentworth Hospice

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Wentworth Hospice

Wentworth Hospice is seeking Volunteers who can provide Pet Therapy for our patients. Pets must be Therapy certified and insured. Dogs, cats, horses, miniature horses, rabbits, etc....

Visitation between patients and animals promotes activity, conversation, and emotional connection. Often, simply the presence of the animal is all that is required to promote the positive effects; however, patients, caregivers, and family can interact with the pet therapy animals as they would with most any pet

The close companionship of animals provides a relaxing and understanding presence to those on the end-of-life journey. Enjoying the presence and interacting with animals yields a host of physical benefits for patients:

  • Helps reduce physical pain
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Promotes an improved heart rate and total cardiovascular health
  • Increased levels of overall comfort

Animals also have a profound, measured impact on the social and emotional well-being of patients. The soothing presence and unconditional affection of an animal provides:

  • Reduced feelings of loneliness
  • Reduced feelings of depression
  • Lower levels of anxiety
  • Improved overall outlook on life and circumstances

These effects are particularly noticeable in patients with dementia. According to a 2013 study, dementia patients, over a 10-week period of pet therapy, experienced a slowing in the progression of dementia-related symptoms, including agitation, aggression, and depression. The presence of animals also elicited a higher response rate from patients, signaling that pet therapy may also help slow the degradation of verbal skills brought about by the disease.

If you would like to share your pet and your heart with our Hospice patients, please contact DJ Antone at (603) 692-0220.

PETS MUST BE TRAINED BY AN ACCREDITED AGENCY.

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About Wentworth Hospice

Location:

9 Andrews Rd., Somersworth, NH 03878, US

Mission Statement

Quality of Life Matters We want to ensure that our patients will be cared for both professionally and compassionately. We promise both.

Description

We are a hospice located in southern NH and cover both NH and southern ME locations. We provide services to patients and their families who are dealing with terminal illness in both their homes and facilities.

A comprehensive training program for Volunteers is provided to help them gain the knowledge and confidence that is necessary to provide this life affirming service. In addition, Volunteers are part of the Hospice Team at Wentworth Hospice and have an on going access to staff support and guidance.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families
Animals, Health & Medicine, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

Tue Aug 02, 2022 - Tue Aug 30, 2022

WHERE

9 Andrews Rd.Somersworth, NH 03878

(43.23498,-70.88209)
 

SKILLS

  • Hospice Care
  • Elder care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 22 hours of training; 15 in class. Training can be tailored to fit your schedule. Upon graduation, visit patients as the need arises.
  • TRAINING DATES AND TIMES ARE FLEXIBLE TO MATCH YOUR SCHEDULE

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