Pet Therapy Volunteers- Prescott Valley

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ORGANIZATION: Hospice of the West

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Did you know that pet therapy has been proven to help with:

  • Relaxation
  • Blood pressure decrease
  • Encourage use of hands, arms, and movement
  • Helps reduce physical pain
Hospice of the West was founded in 2010 with the mission to provide quality of life at the end of life. No request is too small, and no health need is too large for our specialized staff. Hospice of the West proudly serves Maricopa County, Arizona. Hospice of the West is looking for certified pet therapy volunteers. You will have the opportunity to create a true impact with individuals who are underneath our care.

To ensure we continue to do what is right for the patient and community, Hospice of the West requires a drug and background screening and recent TB test. Furthermore, Hospice of the West will require all volunteers to complete onboarding modules.

This opportunity will support patients all over Maricopa County. Please read the qualifications below.

Pet teams (owner and pet) must qualify for participation through one of the following options.

1. Be currently certified with one of the following pet therapy organizations. Must maintain certification with the organization.
  • Pet Partners - https://petpartners.org/ - Any pet certified by this organization may participate.
  • Alliance of Therapy Dogs - https://www.therapydogs.com/
  • Therapy Dogs International - http://www.tdi-dog.org/
2. Complete the following PetSmart programs.
  • Pass AKC Canine Good Citizen Test from PetSmart (provide copy of certificate); Cost - $20 if passed
  • After passing AKC CGC Test, successfully complete Therapy Dog Training class offered by PetSmart. A 1-hour class per week for six weeks (provide copy of certificate of completion); Cost - $129
  • Must complete CGC annually.
We also need to have on file your pet's current shot records (rabies and DHP, or comparable).

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About Hospice of the West

Location:

21410 N. 19th Avenue, Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85027, US

Mission Statement

Hospice of the West is committed to serving the unique needs of those with life limiting illnesses as well as providing ongoing support to their families and loved ones through our belief in hospice and palliative care with compassion. We are committed to fulfilling this mission through the collaboration of a dedicated comprehensive team approach that will ensure excellence in our delivery of end of life care, while maintaining financial stewardship and accountability. Hospice of the West is privileged to provide continuing support and education to the caregivers and professionals in the community where we serve our patients.

Description

Would you like to give the gift of helping someone with a life-limiting illness live their life to the fullest? We warmly invite you serve as a volunteer with us at Hospice of the West. Please join our hospice family in providing comfort and companionship by sharing your time and talents with our special hospice patients.

Your hospice family is here to guide, encourage and cheer you on in this rewarding journey. The Hospice of the West family appreciates your decision to offer your time and talents to our patients and their families. We are honored to work side by side with you in such a special area of end-of-life care.

WHAT DOES A VOLUNTEER DO?
There are many different types of volunteers and many ways to get involved. Below is a list of volunteer types:

Companionship or meaningful presence
Reflective listening
Light housekeeping
Light meal preparation
Dog walking
Life review/conversation
Reading/card writing
Music therapy
Caregiver support
Caregiver respite
Arts and crafts
Play therapy (games)
Pet therapy
Administrative (clerical tasks, office errands, organization of events)
Interpreter service (including sign language)
Minor home repairs

Contact the Volunteer Coordinators at Volunteer.Coordinators@hospicewestaz.com

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

(34.60627,-112.30994)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Hospice Care
  • Bilingual
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 to 4+ hours per month
  • Drug screening and TB test

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