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Share your four-legged best friend and provide comfort, peace, and soothing companionship to terminally ill patients! A half hour/hour visit between a patient and an animal promotes activity, conversation and emotional connection. Often, simply the presence of the dog, cat, rabbit, or other pet is all that is required to promote the positive effects. However, patients, caregivers and family can interact with your best friend as they would with any pet:

  • Tossing a ball or toy for the animal to fetch
  • Enjoying the presence of the animal in silence
  • Talking to, petting, holding, hugging or cuddling with the animal
  • Enjoying playful animal tricks and commands such as sitting, rolling over, or shaking hands
Animals and handlers must be certified. Pet certification organizations, like K-Pets, offer courses that allow handlers and their pets to learn techniques that help to ensure the utmost safety for the patients and for the animal. Obtaining certification allows both handler and animal to have the training needed to be prepared to interact with patients, caregivers, and families. Common requirements for pet therapy animals include:
  • Being effectively house trained
  • Having no history of aggressive behavior and welcome human interaction
  • Displaying obedience to commands such as "sit," "stay", and "come."
  • Having all appropriate and up-to-date vaccinations
  • Being of a certain age depending on species
Hospice pet therapy is so much more than a simple visit with an animal. Animals and their handlers have the unique ability to bring transformative joy and comfort during a time when a patient’s outlook on life may be at its most grim. Hospice pet therapy, using the longstanding bond between humans and animals, brings joy, humor, unconditional love, and soothing companionship to those on the end-of-life journey.

Opportunities to serve are available throughout Homeland Hospice's south central PA service area! Contact Laurie today!

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About Homeland Hospice

Location:

2300 Vartan Way, Suite 270, Harrisburg, PA 17110, US

Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality of care to patients and families during the terminal stages of life.

Description

Homeland Hospice utilizes a team approach to provide care to patients with a life limiting illness. We encourage patients and their families to live each day as fully as possible. Our focus is symptom management and quality of life. We believe everyone has the right to die with dignity. The team includes: physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, aides, volunteers, complementary therapists; with the patient and family always at the center of focus.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Throughout service areaDauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Juniata, FrankilinAdams, York, Lebanon, Schuylkill CountiesHarrisburg, PA 17110

(40.32088,-76.88363)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Bereavement Support
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 19
  • Orientation or Training
  • We are flexible!
  • 2-step PPD/TB Test (cost paid by Homeland)

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