Will your trained dog provide smiles and comfort to those in need?
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Do you have a trained dog? Want to bring smiles to people in need? We want you!
Pet Team Volunteers needed in the Longview/Tyler area. As a trained Hospice Direct Patient Care Volunteer and member of the Loyal Friends Pet Team, you have offered to give time to visit hospice patients and families who would not ordinarily have the benefit of animal companionship. Loyal Friends Pet Team Volunteers share the "unconditional love" of their dog with others.
Animal visits not only bring joy and happiness, but research has shown that interactions can decrease isolation and depression, reduce the symptoms of anxiety, improve pain, stabilize blood pressure, even improve cardiovascular health and sleep.
Volunteers interested in Loyal Friends Pet Team must satisfy all the requirements of Direct Patient Care Volunteer including full Volunteer Training. In addition, dogs must be trained, meet the requirements and be registered or certified with Delta Society, Therapy Dogs International or other accredited therapy dog association. We avoid the use of the term Pet "Therapy". While our dogs are certified, and our volunteers are trained, and it feels very therapeutic to have a pet visit, neither dog nor volunteer are licensed in "therapy", nor do they need any type of continuing education to maintain certification.
As part of the interview process, the Pet Team (Dog & Handler) attends a basic dog obedience and temperament interview with the Volunteer Director. Dogs in our program must have an annual vet exam with current vaccinations on file. Pet Team owners must carry liability insurance through their certifying organization. Pet Team visits comply with protocol for visiting etiquette and infection control.
Loyal Friends Pet Team is a true partnership in care which we are confident will bring many hours of joy to patients and family members. We look forward to working with each volunteer who chooses this special gift of hospice volunteer service.
For more information, please contact Volunteer Manager, Shannon Trest at 903-234-0943
About accentCARE Hospice of Texas (formerly Texas Home Health Hospice)
2904 N. Fourth St. Ste 102, Longview, TX 75605, US
Our compassionate, qualified teams partner with community healthcare providers to deliver consistently exceptional care for patients and their families.
Our Hospice services include pain and symptom management, access to nursing and team support 24/7, medications, supplies and equipment related to patient symptoms, bereavement counseling, patient and family education, end of life planning and emotional and spiritual support. Our specially trained hospice team includes an Attending Physician, Nurse Case Manager, Medical Director, Hospice Aide, Bereavement Coordinator, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Social Workers and Volunteers.
Multiple locations Longview, TX 75605
November 30, 2022
- Animal Therapy
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- Based on volunteers availability
- Applicants who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member will not be eligible for training or placement for a period of 12 months following the death.