Handler and furry friends wanted to visit hospice patients
Encompass Health- Hospice of Albertville
A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
Encompass Hospice in Marshall County is looking for caring people with dogs (who are gentle and well behaved) who want to share the love of their pets in our "Paws for Comfort" program for hospice patients.
We will train the owner to be a hospice volunteer so you both can visit patients together! We have patients who can benefit from visits from furry friends. Desired time commitment is approximately 3-4 hours per month but is flexible to your schedule and time.
Dog requirements are listed below but are not limited to: (a full list can be obtained from Volunteer Coordinator)
- Dogs who has been certified by a Veterinarian to be medically fit including general dental health and to have the appropriate temperament to remain calm
- Has received certification from an Obedience School, with documentation of successfully completing obedience training
- Are current with all required vaccinations
- Are at least 1 year old
- not in heat,
- Dog must be bathed and well-groomed prior to making visits.
All handlers are required to meet all volunteer requirements, including but not limited to orientation, documentation and complying with company policies.
All costs for pet health care, including the initial exam will be the responsibility of the pet owner/handler. The dog must be under the direct and continuous supervision and control of the volunteer handler at all times.
NO medical experience needed, volunteers DO NOT perform "hands on" care. Volunteer commitment is flexible to volunteer’s schedule. Volunteers are welcome to provide assistance during the day, after hours, or on weekends. All training and orientation is provided free of charge by Encompass Hospice. The Volunteer Coordinator will mentor volunteers until they comfortable and confident to volunteer independently.
Direct Patient Support Volunteers must complete the application and orientation processes and be over the age of 14. All Jr. Volunteers ages 14 to 18 must complete all training, background screenings and trained parent and/or guardian must accompany Jr. Volunteers. Most of the orientation process can be completed online or via phone. Additionally reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, auto insurance and other requirements apply. If you think this is something you would enjoy please contact me! I look forward to hearing from you today!
Crissy H. Faulkner, BSW Volunteer Coordinator
About Encompass Health- Hospice of Albertville
9044 Highway 431 North, Albertville, AL 35950, US
At Encompass Health, we are committed to delivering the highest quality care to our patients. From inpatient rehabilitation to home-based care, we’re with our patients for every step of their post-acute journey. Our clinical collaboration and cutting-edge treatments ensure patients receive the best care for their needs at all times. We’re proud to say our approach helps patients achieve better outcomes. We believe integrated care delivery across the healthcare continuum is critical to achieving the best outcomes for patients. We exist to provide a better way to care that elevates expectations and outcomes.
Encompass Health-Hospice seeks kind individuals to support patients and families during a most difficult time.
At Encompass Health we foster a culture of compassion and collaboration encouraging and empowering each employee and volunteer to keep learning and growing together. Our compassionate end-of-life care is provided in the patient’s home, whether that is a home address, nursing home, assisted living community, independent living community or other location. It focuses on the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of both the individual patient and our patients’ loved ones: caregivers, spouses, children, extended family and friends.
Our experienced team understands the complexity of issues and feelings that surround hospice care and end of life. Our care process is designed to maximize our patient’s quality of life and offer our patients and their love ones comfort, support and guidance when facing a terminal illness
Our Goal is to provide a sense of dignity and peace for our patients, while controlling pain, minimizing discomfort and managing symptoms. We also prioritize emotional and spiritual needs, guiding our patients and their loved one through the end-of-life process.