MN Therapy Animals
Because the end of life is part of living
The simple facts:
- Hospice volunteers are ordinary people... doing extraordinary things!
- They're men and women of all ages, interests and abilities who share a desire to
help patients and families deal with life's greatest challenge.
- They're members of the unique team* assembled to meet the varied needs of
people facing life-limiting illness or dealing with personal loss.
- They're generous with time and simple acts of caring and concern that are hallmarks
of hospice care.
- Many volunteers are keenly aware of the value and it's benefits from personal
experience with hospice within their own families, immediate and extended.
- They're making a difference.
Ah, have you wondering yet why we've dedicated a page to hospice and palliative care?
Perhaps to address the ongoing requests for AAA teams by various organizations in our
community providing hospice/palliative care. The intent here is to plant the seed and
hope you might take a closer look. Animal Assisted Activities with a hospice patient,
and the family, if requested, is received with welcomed anticipation. Not hard to believe
that perhaps a dog/cat may have had significant relevance at some point in the
individual's life. Reminiscing can be an adventure for all of us.
There is more information regarding the hospice than space permits, but we have
provided a link to a number of resources you may find of interest.
All providers of hospice care provide training to all their volunteers. It is essential since
the hospice team acts as the advocate for the patient/family throughout the hospice
experience. Volunteer training is typically held three or four times a year. Some
sessions are three days in length, and others over a period of weeks, typically running
in total approximately 18 hours. So what topics are included? The number of topics is
varied and numerous, and will generally cover the following and probably more...
The hospice team consists of, but is not limited to, physicians, medical directors,
nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, expressive therapists, chaplains,
bereavement counselors, support staff and volunteers who provide compassionate
treatment, and emotional and spiritual support.
And yes, let's' not forget the person and his/her respective family who are the primary
team players in making decisions.
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Allina Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care
Training is held periodically through out
the year and runs for 6 consecutive
Wednesdays. 6-9 PM in Bloomington,
Mn at the HealthPartners corporate
Barb Szaflarski Phone: 952-883-6909
Classes at Allina are held over a three
day period. Typically 3 or 4 held each
year. For information and details on
upcoming classes, contact:
Judy Plucker, Volunteer Coordinator
612-262-7059 or Volunteer Service
such as a chaplain, social worker, nurse and other active
volunteers in an open forum.
- Communications and Listening
- Family dynamics and coping
- Concepts of Death and Dying
- Care and Comfort Measures
- Infection Control and Safety
- Responsibilities and rewards of being a hospice volunteer
- Self-care for the hospice volunteer, and creating healthy