RED WING, Minn. — Are you looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life? The Hospice program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing is now recruiting for companion, respite and pet therapy volunteers.
Hospice is a program designed to provide care for people in the final stages of life and support both patients and their families through this time. The physical, emotional and spiritual care of patients is often delivered to patients in the familiar setting of their own home, whether it is a private residence, assisted living, skilled-nursing center or group home.
The program is looking for individuals to lend companionship to people living with a serious illness, caregiver respite and volunteer dogs and handlers to offer pet therapy to patients in Goodhue (MN) and Pierce (WI) counties. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least three shifts per month lasting anywhere from two-four hours per shift to the volunteer program and be willing to travel to the home of the patient.
“Mom always looked forward to her visits from Annie, her pet therapy dog. She had such an easing and calming effect on her,” says a hospice patient’s daughter.
Individuals interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer must attend two, three-hour training sessions, scheduled for Tuesdays, Oct. 6 and 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Professional and Community Center, 1407 W. 4th Street, Red Wing. Those interested in pet therapy will require additional training and certification, which will be offered at no cost to the individual.
For more information or to register for the training session, call Pamela Roe, Hospice volunteer coordinator, at 651-385-3404.
Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.