Pet Therapy Volunteers Needed

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ORGANIZATION: Heartland Hospice

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Pet therapy volunteers and their dogs bring comfort and joy to the patients and families of our hospice patients. Our pet therapy program has been giving our patients the opportunity to interact with trained dogs in a therapeutic setting. You’ll see the immediate effects of your work in the smiles of patients, many of whom miss their own pets at home.

There are many benefits of pet therapy include:

  • Stress relief
  • Mental stimulation
  • Improved depression and anxiety
  • Lowering of blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate
  • Positive distraction

As a pet therapy volunteer, you will bring your dog to a facility or a home to visit with our patients. Dogs may cuddle with patients, pose for pictures, or even get up on the patient’s bed. It is extremely rewarding and it means so much to our patients.

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About Heartland Hospice

Location:

4340 East 53rd Street, Davenport, IA 52807, US

Mission Statement

We believe wholeheartedly in the power of the individual, the importance of relationships and the value of respect and dignity to everyone at every stage of life. Our goal is to create a positive difference every day, to make a personal connection and to create memorable moments that will enrich your life.

Description

Hospice Volunteers perform many important duties. Whether providing companionship to a patient, bereavement support, administrative/office work or Veteran to Veteran - volunteers play a vital role that enables ProMedica Hospice to meet the needs of our patients, their families and the community.

Our volunteers are essential to providing the level of care and support that patients and their families expect from hospice care helping to make ProMedica Hospice one of the leading hospice providers in the region.

Volunteers lend an ear to a patient when they express themselves, providing an outlet they may not have. Oftentimes their presence alone brings comfort and support. Hospice volunteers also enjoy spending time with the patient, and participating in some of their favorite pastimes, like playing chess, cards, or watching TV.

Whether you volunteer in one of our local offices or provide companionship to our patients, you'll be part of a valuable team that helps families navigate a difficult time. Our Davenport and Moline offices service a wide area including the following counties: Rock Island (IL), Mercer (IL), Henry (IL), Whiteside (IL), Knox (IL), Scott (IA), Muscatine (IA), Johnson (IA), Jackson (IA), Cedar (IA), Clinton (IA), Jones (IA). We are also looking for pet therapy owners who can share their pets with our patients.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, please contact ProMedica Hospice at (563) 359-9092 or email at scott.southward@heartlandhospice.com.

CAUSE AREAS

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

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

4340 East 53rd StreetDavenport, IA 52807

(41.57552,-90.51056)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Hospice Care

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • We work with your schedule.
  • Dog Therapy Certification.

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