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Volunteer Pet Therapist

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ORGANIZATION: Heritage onCare Home Health and Hospice

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Position: Volunteer Pet Therapist

Reports To: Volunteer Coordinator

Job Description Summary

The Pet Therapy Volunteer is a member of the hospice team with a desire to support patients and families in the Hospice program through visits with their trained therapy dog.

Essential Job Functions/Responsibilities

  1. Provides companionship, support and appropriate education for patients
  2. Responding appropriately to patient/caregiver inquiries
  3. Educating patients/caregivers on the benefits of pet therapy
  4. Monitor and report patient pain
  5. Establish and maintain a strong and healthy relationship with patients and caregivers
  6. Work in collaboration with the hospice team
  7. Track and maintain patient information when required

Position Qualifications

  1. Trained/Certified through the appropriate pet therapy organizations
  2. All Pets must have proof of uptodate shots and have appropriate training
  3. Ability to communicate well with people of diverse background and ages
  4. Ability to solve complex problems efficiently
  5. Maintains open communication with other team members, reporting events or changes of concern to the Volunteer Coordinator or other team members
  6. Comfortable with death and the dying process
  7. Ability to respect confidentiality at all times
  8. Self-motivated, dependable and responsible
  9. Ability to work independently
  10. Ability to work in a changing environment
  11. Able to practice proper infection control
  12. Able to maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries
  13. Comfortable with death and the dying process
  14. Must be 18 years of age

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About Heritage onCare Home Health and Hospice

Location:

16934 Frances Street, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68130, US

Mission Statement

Heritage OnCare Hospice will provide personalized, compassionate comfort care to enhance the lives of individuals nearing the end of life, allowing them to live better.

Description

Heritage OnCare provides Hospice care wherever the patient calls home - private residence, nursing home or assisted living community. In collaboration with a patient's physician & Hospice Medical Director, we focus on quality of life using Expert medical care, pain & symptoms management, and emotional & spiritual support.
To care for those who once cared for us is one of life's highest honors. While you are serving others in your role, we want you to know that YOU are the most important asset we have. We could build the most beautiful communities in the world but without our associates and volunteers everything would fall short. Our team members have the distinct privilege of building relationships with those we serve.
Heritage Communities was founded by Farhan Khan, CEO & Nate Underwood President, with the first community, Shalimar Gardens opening in Fremont Nebraska in 2000. Over the past 20+ years we have grown to more than a dozen communities in four different states with over 1,200 associates and volunteers all working toward the same mission of Living Better and upholding the same core values of trust, respect, compassion &fun.
Heritage OnCare is a partner of We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. As a partner, we are privileged to care for and honor those who served our country.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Health & Medicine
Seniors
Animals, Health & Medicine, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Omaha, NE 68130

(41.23951,-96.20044)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Patient Care
  • Healthcare
  • Hospice Care

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2-4 hours per week or as needed
  • Medicare does require that volunteers interacting with patients, other volunteers or employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 HOWEVER, we are open to fully remote volunteers.

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