The Healing Power of Presence: Hospice Therapy Dogs Needed for Hugs and Solace
SSM Health at Home St. Louis Hospice
SSM Health at Home couldn’t provide the exceptional hospice care that we do without our human and canine volunteers. Volunteers make meaningful contributions to the lives of our patients and caregivers as well as our hospice team. Bring your certified pet therapy furry friend on visits with hospice patients in homes and nursing facilities throughout the St. Louis area:
Please note: Your pet must be certified as a pet therapy animal with all applicable training prior to visiting with patients. SSM does not provide pet therapy training -- we can recommend resources if you have interest.
- Provide companionship and comfort to the patient and/or family
- Give caregivers an opportunity to run errands, make doctors' appointments or get some exercise while staying with the patient in his/her home (2+ hours per visit).
- Support the patient's family after the loss of the loved one by visiting with family members during their period of bereavement.
Contact Sharon Christopher, Volunteer Coordinator with SSM Health at Home St. Louis Hospice, at 314.989.2858.
Schedules are flexible -- evening and weekend visits are available as well as visiting during the week!
About SSM Health at Home St. Louis Hospice
1187 Corporate Lake, Suite 200, Creve Coeur, MO 63132, US
Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.
Our hospice team understands the special skills needed to care for people with a terminal illness and to provide comfort and guidance to caregivers, family and friends. SSM Health at Home hospice services emphasize preserving dignity and improving quality of life through symptom management -- which includes relief from emotional, spiritual and physical pain.