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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- We are looking for volunteers and their pets who want to get involved with hospice and our Pts. Pets have a huge impact on peoples lives and if you have the time and a great dog with a pet therapy license or want to get started on this process with your dog, please let us know! The process of onboarding and training does take some time, but well worth it. 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: Denver Metro, Castle Rock, Boulder, Brighton, Ft. Collins, Longmont, Loveland, 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 and TB tests are required, (we do this in our office), and in the fall require the Flu shot. The COVID vaccine is encouraged. We do require computer knowlege as we write our visit notes in our medical EMR. Dignity has on-going continuing education on line that is required for staff and volunteers.

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.
Thank you,
www.dignityco.com

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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 exceptional care to our patients, their families, medical professionals, referring partners and our emplyees. It is an honor to provide our services in an environment which fosters dignity, love and respect for everyone.

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, it is our goal to promote dignity and quality of life for patients with serious, often life-threatening illnesses, and for their families. To advocate and support informed decision-making and ensure that patient and family wishes, and goals are identified and respected. To apply scientific evidence in the relief of pain and other symptoms through the multidisciplinary delivery of expert symptom management and palliative care.

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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