Lafayette — PhysioCare Hospice is pleased to announce a new program aimed at helping hospice patients care for their pets. Pet Peace of Mind, which recognizes and actively supports the unique bond between hospice patients and their pets, launches today and aligns with PhysioCare Hospice’s mission to provide individualized care to terminally ill individuals and support to their family members anywhere they may live.
Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Services include assistance with pet needs, financial assistance with routine veterinary care, transporting the pet to veterinary appointments, pet boarding and walking, and foster/adoption.
Pet Peace of Mind, a national nonprofit headquartered in Salem, OR, offers the national program to hospices, hospitals and home health care agencies throughout the country.
“Many hospices want to start a pet care program but are unsure about how to get one started. Pet Peace of Mind offers them the tools and training to help care for their patients’ four-legged family members,” said Dianne McGill, President of Pet Peace of Mind. Tammy Dodt, Executive Director of PhysioCare Hospice is excited to find a partner in Pet Peace of Mind that enhances services the agency has already provided. “PhysioCare has always considered a patient’s pet part of their family. This program helps our staff demonstrate to patients and families that we consider pets an important part of comfort and well-being”