Therapy & Comfort Dogs needed to visit with Patients

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Heartland Hospice

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YOU & YOUR DOG ARE NEEDED! BECOME A HOSPICE VOLUNTEER and SHARE THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE...YOURSELF & YOUR THERAPY / COMFORT DOG!

Heartland Hospice "Friendly Pet Visitors" help to personalize, support and enhance the quality of our Patients' lives by bringing the gift of caring Companionship to our Patients with regular visits. These Volunteers offer...

  • Companionship by just being there for the Patient and offering to read, play music or a game, simply talking with the Patient, or assisting with non-medical tasks
  • Emotional support to the Patients by listening & sharing experiences, allowing the expression of feelings, holding a hand, giving a needed hug, and offering words of comfort

Our "Friendly Pet Visitor" Volunteers receive training regarding the Philosophy of Hospice, the role of the Volunteer and other Staff Members, as well as helpful skills in caring for and communicating with Hospice Patients and their Families. Volunteer hours are flexible and scheduled according to your availability. Also, Volunteer duties are assigned based on your comfort level, and there is absolutely no pressure to do anything that falls outside of it.

The goal of Hospice Care is not to "cure" but to provide "comfort care" at the end of a Person's life. Together, as an interactive Team, our Volunteers and Staff strive to make life as comfortable and fulfilling as possible to the very last moment of life.

Dogs must be certified by Therapy Dogs International/TDI, Lutheran Church Charities, or another Comfort Dog Training Organization, have current Immunizations Records, Insurance Coverage, and License/Tags. Owner/Handlers must be willing to visit with our Hospice Patients and Families in Facilities and their Homes, and follow Heartland's Rules/Regulations. Please Note: Doberman Pincher, Rotweiler, Pit Bull, and other aggressive Dogs are not accepted. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Heartland Hospice in Northbrook, Illinois at 847-272-7338.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Together, we can do great things!

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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1625 S. Arlington Heights Rd715 W. Central RdArlington Heights, IL 60005

(42.05476,-87.98119)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum of 2 Visits every 30 days per Patient. Minimum length of Visit is 30 Minutes per Visit.
  • SS#, Volunteer Application Packet, 2-Step TB Test & Training (paid by Heartland), etc.

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