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Pet Therapy Teams in Hospice Setting

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ORGANIZATION: Dignity Hospice of Colorado

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Pet Therapy Volunteers in hospice--With the new vaccines the volunteer restrictions have begun to soften and volunteers can begin to see our patients. We are looking for volunteers and their pets to begin the process of onboarding and training. Please reach out if you would like to begin the road to be a hospice volunteer with your pet.

Dignity Hospice of Colorado is building a dedicated, energetic team of Animal Assisted Therapists to serve the front range area, to include: Littleton, Denver, Boulder, Brighton, all the spaces in between, and also North Colorado: Ft. Collins, Longmont, Loveland, Greeley, and Windsor. Animal Therapy Teams are one of the gems of hospice care, offering companionship and joy to patients and their families. The appreciation of an animal's love can lift people's souls and give them a spark of light and joy.

We provide hospice care with our patients who reside in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing facilities, residential homes, and independent senior living apartments. Our hospice serves seniors exclusively, the majority of whom are between the ages of 70 to 100 years, with various diagnoses.


To start the training process we do background checks, CPR is required, TB tests, and in the fall require the Flu shot. The COVID vaccine is also required by our company and facilities are requesting it to visit patients, some still have weekly COVID testing done. We do require computer knowlege as we write our visit notes in our medical EMR. Dignity has on-going continuing education required, mostly on line, and we do make it fun.

The Volunteer Coordinator will match you with hospice patients near your home or work so that it's convenient for you. Times and frequency of visits are flexible to meet your needs.

Dogs and other pets are such a comfort, and a welcome distraction to hospice patients, their families, and the staff at the facilities. You will need to have a dog/pet Therapy Certification in order to have your animal with you during visits. We recommend www.therapydogs.com for your Pet Therapy Certificates, and this organization does have Liability Insurace which we will also need. Please reach out with any questions.

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About Dignity Hospice of Colorado

Location:

400 East 84th Ave. W-202, Thornton, CO 80229, US

Mission Statement

Dignity Hospice exists to provide symptom control and support for persons in the last phases of life so their remaining days are as joy-filled and comfortable as possible. Dignity Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on comfort care to patients and their families. Dignity Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Dignity Hospice exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care and the support of a caring community sensitive to their needs, terminally ill patients and their families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them. Dignity Hospice offers palliative care to all terminally ill patients and support to those patients and their families without regard for diagnosis, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, creed, disability, age, place of residence or ability to pay.

Description

Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are in the final stages of life. Hospice affirms the belief that is is important to make every moment of life as fulfilling and meaningful as possible, from the first days of life-limiting illness, to the last.

At Dignity, we recognize that terminal illness can be an anxious and frightening experience for everyone involved. We will utilize our entire team to provide comfort and assistance to our patience and their loved ones. Preparation, information, and support can help bring peace of mind during this difficult time.

Volunteers are an essential and valuable part of the hospice care team and provide various therapies to patients and their families.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

400 East 84th Ave., W-202Thornton, CO 80229

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Patient Care
  • Hospice Care
  • Spiritual Healing
  • Veteran Care
  • Social Work

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15-30 minutes per patient 1-2 times a month. You create your own schedule.
  • Animal Therapy Training/Certificate, Background check, CPR, Flu Shot, TB Test, COVID vaccinations, online hospice training, plus Dignity's software training for reporting of visits. Masks are required in facilities.

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