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Pet Therapy Volunteers
ORGANIZATION: Caring Hospice Service
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3 people are interested
Furry Friends Wanted to Visit Hospice Patients!
Caring Hospice Services is looking for Pet Therapy volunteers to visit our hospice patients. We believe that the best therapist has fur and 4 legs, and our patients certainly agree. Please help bring the pure joy of a pet companion to those who need it.
Types of pets can include dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, miniature horses, pigs, and birds (let me know if you have a different kind of support/therapy animal that you would like to volunteer with). As long as they are well-behaved and properly trained, our patients will love them!
All animals must be certified. A statement of vaccinations and approval from a veterinarian must be provided.
Caring Hospice Services is a unique and holistic service designed to meet the social, emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of our patients and their families as they face terminal illness. Our volunteers are crucial to our service and mission to bring comfort and joy to those who need it the most.
The Caring Hospice office is located in Monroeville, but we have patients located in various care facilities and private residences throughout Southwestern PA.
Hospice volunteering is flexible and so rewarding! You choose your schedule, where you want to go, and what you want to do.
Other volunteer opportunities include:
- Patient Companion - Visit the patients wherever they call home. Read a book, listen to music, watch TV/movies, talk about current events, or just sit and hold their hand.
- Complementary Therapy - Massage Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Pet Therapy, Music Therapy, and Art Therapy.
- Share A Talent - Perform for the patients by singing, dancing, doing magic tricks, etc.
- Facility Activities - Caring hospice hosts many activities for the patients residing in a nursing/care home. Assist with painting, crafting, ice cream socials, decorating baked goods, and more.
- Photography - Take pictures of the patients with their family and friends.
- Gardening - Help our patients create or maintain their home gardens or help pot plants with our patients in facilities.
- Cosmetology - Style and cut hair and paint nails for the patients.
- Administrative Support - Assist our staff in the Monroeville office with filing, copying, shredding, etc.
- Marketing Support - Assist our marketers with assembling care packages and gift bags.
- Crafting - Make various items from the comfort of your own home to be delivered (by us) to the patients. Make blankets, memory pillows, stuffed animals, greeting cards, scrapbooks, fidget mats/blankets, and more.
- Baking - Make delicious treats for birthdays, holidays, and events.
- Bereavement Support - Send letters and condolence cards to the grieving family members of our recently lost patients.
- Phone Calls - Call the family members to check-in and see if they need any supplies or support.
"The heart of a volunteer is not measured in size, but by depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others."
For more information, contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Brittany Glaser, at (412) 666-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Temporary, Internship
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Caring Hospice Service
118 Fox Plan Rd, Suite 1, Monroeville, PA 15146, US
We are passionate about our mission to bring comfort and relief into the lives of those who need it most. Every day, our caring and compassionate staff works wonders in the lives of hundreds of terminally ill patients and their families. They replace suffering with comfort, despondence with good cheer, and despair with hope. We have earned the confidence of medical professionals and the eternal gratitude of thousands of patients and family members.
Hospice is an approach in care that has greatly improved the way our society and particularly the medical community perceives end of life issues. The philosophy of hospice is simple and compelling: Individuals with life-limiting medical conditions should be made as comfortable as possible, and have their quality of life maximized, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. In practice, hospice focuses on managing and alleviating pain and symptoms while maintaining the patient’s dignity. Hospice fosters a love and appreciation for family and life experiences, and helps patients accept their situation with hope and encouragement rather than despair. Because no two situations are alike, hospice caregivers coordinate a plan of care that is specifically designed to meet the needs of each individual. As part of a comprehensive care approach, hospice care also addresses the logistical and emotional needs of the patient’s family. The hospice team of caregivers includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapists, volunteers - and most importantly - family members themselves. Because it is an approach, not a place, hospice care can be provided at home, at an assisted living facility, at a long-term care setting, or even at a hospital.
Multiple locations Monroeville, PA 15146
April 6, 2023
- Animal Care / Handling
- Animal Therapy
- People 55+
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- You set your own schedule. You choose where you want to go, when, and for how long. You can perform one time, a few times, or on an ongoing basis. It is entirely up to you.
- Pet - Certification/License, Statement of Vaccinations, Approval from a Veterinarian. Person - Online Application, Background Check (criminal and driving), Orientation (in-person, online, or over the phone), Medical Screening.