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Hospice Pet Therapy Volunteer

Date: Ongoing

Organized By: Journey Care

State: IL

Mary Flores, CVA
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Volunteer in your community and set your own schedule! JourneyCare is looking for volunteers with certified pet therapy dogs who can visit periodically with hospice patients.

JourneyCare supports residents throughout a 10 county area in northern Illinois; our patients live in their own homes (private residences and/or senior living communities) or they may be temporarily receiving care at one of our five Hospice CareCenters (Arlington Heights, Barrington, Chicago, Glenview and Woodstock).

We occasionally receive a request from a patient's nurse or social worker seeking a volunteer who can make a friendly visit with their therapy dog. JourneyCare's volunteer team includes a number of therapy dogs (certified through Therapy Dogs International) but we're seeing more requests than ever. And it's our goal to make every moment count and often a simple thing like a visit from a four-legged friend can make someone's day so much better!

The volunteer-pet team is often called "Care Companions," and they're simply friends who visit (on a routine or occasional basis) with someone receiving hospice care. They provide companionship, emotional support, and, above all, offer a presence, an ear to listen to stories and an understanding smile. Each volunteer does not provide hands on medical care--they're simply a friend because often our patients feel lonely and isolated!

Again, JourneyCare's service area includes 10 counties. Please join us at one of our monthly volunteer orientations to learn more; we offer these sessions 2-3 times a month throughout northern Illinois.

Wednesday, October 11: Rush University- 710 S. Paulina St. Chicago IL

Saturday, October 14: Rockford - Northwest Administrative Office (483 N. Mulford Road)

Wednesday, October 18: Elgin - Elgin Township Building (729 S. McLean Blvd., Ste. 200)

Thursday, November 2: Glenview - Administrative Office (2050 Claire Court)

Wednesday, November 8: Mokena - South Suburban Office (9550 Bormet Drive, Suite 104)

Saturday, November 18: Chicago - Ada F. Addington CareCenter at Rush (710 S. Paulina Street)

Thursday, November 30: College of Lake County Nursing Students - See your professor for the correct date and time.

Saturday, December 2: Lombard - Southwest Office (1 E. 22nd Street, Suite 310)

Thursday, December 7: Barrington - Pepper Family Hospice CareCenter (405 Lake Zurich Road).

Each orientation covers the following: Hospice 101, Overview of JourneyCare, Our Services & How You Can Help, Boundaries & Confidentiality, Communication, and Documentation. You will also have an opportunity to hear from and ask questions of a panel of current JourneyCare Volunteers. And after the training we also require some online courses, which will help you to feel more prepared for this role.

Please fill out our volunteer application and register for this training here:

Skill Desired: Medical/Health

Matching Interests: Geared for 50+ volunteers, Indoors, Relevant Experience Required, Relevant Experience Appreciated, Outdoors, Seniors, Animals, Health & Wellness, Community, Children & Youth, Veterans & Military Families

This volunteer listing is provided by AARP's Create the Good. Visit Create The Good to search more volunteer opportunities or post your own opportunity.

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