Comfort for the Dying...
Pet Therapy Program

Certified Pet Therapy Dogs with their Trainers
Certified Pet Therapy Dogs with their Trainers

"Comfort for the Dying" is a Pet Therapy Program for Hospice with Heart patients. Our Volunteers and their Volunteer Pet Therapy animals visit patients in their own homes, in assisted living and care facilities and in our hospice house. Hospice with Heart Pet Therapy Program is made possible through grants received from the Doris Day Animal Foundation, the AseraCare Foundation and the generosity of community member donations. We see such a difference in our patients when our Pet Volunteers visit as they provide comfort and a sense of well-being to our patients.

Hospice with Heart utilizes an interdisciplinary team holistic approach to patient care in all areas the patient and their loved ones face, including physical comfort, emotional support, mental preparedness, and the sense of everlasting hope that can be found through embracing one's spirituality. The bond between pets and even our Volunteer Pets has aided our patients in facing and dealing with many aspects of dying. The animal/human bond is unconditional and with that comes a freedom or empowerment for patients to be able to peacefully and comfortably discuss and resolve issues they are dealing with while their pet or Volunteer Pet sits comfortably on their lap or at the bedside.

Patient, Nadine, with pet therapy dogs: Flo & Hank
Patient, Nadine, with pet therapy dogs: Flo & Hank

Our Pet therapy program is a win/win for our patients and our Volunteers and their Volunteer Pet Therapy animals. If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer along with your pet, please call to see how you can become a volunteer and also get your Pet certified as a therapy pet volunteer...become a Volunteer Hospice Pet Therapy Team member today....call 712-325-6802 and ask for Volunteer Coordinator Tracie Getzschman or Lillian Jeppesen, RN Community Liaison

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