Pet Therapy Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: UnityPoint at Home Hospice

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Volunteers and their certified Therapy Dogs will visit hospice patients in their homes or care facility to bring comfort. Dogs are temperament tested and require certification. Handlers must be 18 years or older, and will undergo the same training program that all potential hospice volunteers take, including philosophy of hospice care, end-of-life issues, and patient confidentiality. Additionally, background checks and screenings will be done.

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About UnityPoint at Home Hospice

Location:

11333 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322, US

Mission Statement

Hospice care at UnityPoint is a coordinated care approach between a medical director, physician, nurse and others who all work together to provide the right plan of care to improve the quality of life for the patient. The hospice team is supportive in every way necessary to honor the wishes of the patient. Hospice is not about giving up hope; it is about doing everything possible to live life to its full capacity.

Description

UnityPoint Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice care team. Volunteers can provide direct and indirect patient support. Direct support includes: bedside companionship, respite care for the family, patient life review, supportive phone calls, letter writing to the patient, hand massage, listening to music, playing a musical instrument, pet therapy. Indirect support includes: running errands, greeting and screening visitors at Taylor House, administrative tasks, answering phones, etc. We work with each volunteer to help determine the right fit and area in which to help.

CAUSE AREAS

Health & Medicine
Seniors
Veterans & Military Families
Health & Medicine, Seniors, Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Marshalltown, IA 50158

(42.04947,-92.90804)
 

SKILLS

  • Animal Therapy
  • Healthcare
  • Hospice Care
  • Veteran Care

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible! 1 to 4 visits/month; 15-30 minutes at a time
  • Pet must meet requirements set by the agency.

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