Big Bend Hospice Partners with Pet Peace of Mind
- By: Sharon Davidson
A Program That Keeps Pets and Families Together During Hospice Care
Big Bend, FL— Big Bend 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 in July and aligns with the Big Bend Hospice’s mission to inspire hope by positively impacting the way our community experiences serious illness or grief – one family at a time.
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 long range planning for their pet, resources and referrals for daily assistance, volunteer support, and financial assistance.
Pet Peace of Mind, a national nonprofit headquartered in Salem, OR, offers the national program to nonprofit hospices throughout the country.
“Having seen first-hand the devastating affects a terminal illness can have on a family, the question of what will become of the beloved family pet is almost always front and center, “says Bill Wertman, Big Bend Hospice COO. “Partnering with Pet Peace of Mind will help families deal with just this issue. I am proud of the work we do each and every day at BBH, Inc. to help patients and families plan for transition and this program is one more service that we are pleased to offer.”
“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.
You can help support this effort by volunteering or by donating to BBH Pet Peace of Mind program.
For more information about the Pet Peace of Mind program or to make a donation online, visit www.bigbendhospice.org.
Pet Peace of Mind is a registered trademark of Pet Peace of Mind, Inc. and is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for hospice and palliative care patients by providing a national support network to help care for the pets they love.
Pet Peace of Mind provides nonprofit hospices with a pet care program model which includes personalized training, marketing and administrative support, start-up funding and ongoing coaching to ensure successful outcomes for their patients. Started in 2009, Pet Peace of Mind is the only nonprofit with an exclusive focus on assisting hospices with pet care programming. For more information, visit http://petpeaceofmind.org