What is Pet Peace of Mind?
For many in hospice care, a decline in physical condition impacts a patient’s ability to enjoy socializing and maintain human relationships over time. Pets often fill that relational void as they offer unconditional love, acceptance, comfort and companionship at a time when it’s needed most. Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM), a groundbreaking national program, enables hospice patients to keep their pets at home throughout their end of life journey.
The program works through local hospice partners to provide pet food, veterinary care and other pet care needs at no cost to patients. Pet Peace of Mind hospice volunteers are specially trained to provide in home pet care assistance when the patient needs help caring for a pet. Many hospices also assist with re-homing a patient’s pet, should the need arise. With this kind and compassionate support, patients are able to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs.
Pet Peace of Mind at Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH)
Pet Peace of Mind at JACH is a volunteer program providing the following services:
- Pickup and delivery of pet food/medication
- Assistance with routine veterinary care
- Assistance with exercising your pet
- Assistance with pet boarding or pet sitting during patient’s respite stay or hospitalization
- Assistance with re-homing of a pet