Visiting Pet Volunteer- Spectrum Health Hospice

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Spectrum Health Hospice

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Visiting Dog Volunteer

Additional Therapy Certified Dogs and Cats needed!

Provide the unconditional love that comes with four feet, warm nose and a furry coat for patients receiving end of life care. Sometimes the most comforting presence is one that has no words but instead offers a warm nuzzle and friendly face and head that wants a pat. You and your favorite human would be assigned to patients in private home and long-term care facilities where patients are receiving hospice care. Visiting pets need to be certified through a qualifying therapy program. (Some of the local West Michigan programs that meet our criteria included, West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Love on a Leash and Therapy Dogs International). If you have not yet been certified - you can contact your local therapy dog program to sign up for the next available class. Humans are encouraged to register their furry friends for certification prior to volunteer training. Volunteers especially needed in Ada, Big Rapids, Caledonia, Fremont, Grandville, Grand Rapids, Holland, Lowell, Middleville, Newaygo and Rockford areas. Note: Volunteers are asked to wait one year after the death of a family member or friend before volunteering.

We offer a flexible Volunteer Orientation!

This training program format will allow candidates to complete some of the required training thru an on-line program at your convenience and provide additional times and locations for the in-person training component. The goal is to shorten the on-boarding process and add more flexibility in the training process making it easier for interested individuals to join our volunteer program.

Interested candidates are in the process of completing applications and the online training in order to be eligible to register for these upcoming 1st Quarter of 2020 Orientations. Please Note: While the current Orientation classes are scheduled in the Grand Rapids area; customized location Orientation classes will also be scheduled in Spectrum Health Regional Hospitals areas as requested by eligible applicants.

FEBRUARY

Date: 2/12 and 2/19 (2 day session series - attendance required at both sessions)

Time: 9:00a - 1:00p Location: Grand Rapids

MARCH

Date: 3/21 (1 day/8 hr session)

Time: 9:00a - 5:00p Location: Grand Rapids

We will work with you to help you join our volunteer program and start supporting patients thru out our 11 county service area! Contact us to receive more information and application instructions. Call Yvonne at (616)391-4240 or toll free at 1-866-542-7945. Email us at: hospice.volunteers@spectrumhealth.org .

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About Spectrum Health Hospice

Location:

750 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, US

Mission Statement

To improve the quality of life of the community by serving each individual and family with superior quality and compassionate care.

Description

Spectrum Health Hospice provides support and care for patients in their homes and in health care facilities who are in the final phase of a terminal illness so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Volunteers are a vital part of our patient care team.

Our hospice agency supports patients and families in 11 counties thru-out West Michigan. Volunteers choose which geographic area that they would like to serve.

Please contact us to learn how you can make a difference for individuals, their families and our community.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

750 Fuller Ave NEGrand Rapids, MI 49503

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Veteran Care
  • Animal Therapy
  • Bereavement Support
  • Hospice Care
  • Veterinary

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 15 hr volunteer orientaion
  • Dog/Cat must be certified thru credentialed therapy program. Current Vet records must be provided.

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