Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Volunteer Access Page

St. Pete Child Life - Pet Therapy Escort Description


If you are interested in volunteering with Child Life Pet Therapy, please go back and click on the Child Life  Application located in the right hand column.
Mondays - 2nd and 4th from 1 pm - 3 pm
Wednesdays - 1st from 10 am - 12 pm or 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thursdays - 1st and 3rd from 10 am - 12 pm
Fridays - 1st and 2nd from 10 am - 12 pm or 2nd and 4th from 1 pm - 3 pm
Saturdays - 2nd and 4th from 1 pm - 3 pm
Pet Therapy Escort Volunteer
Volunteer Description Responsibilities
Volunteers will have direct patient contact
Job Description:  Pet Therapy is a unique opportunity for normalization for patients and their families to interact with an animal.  Pet Therapy Escort Volunteers will be utilized to act as consistent escorts for the schedule pet therapy with the Volunteer Pet Owner and the pet throughout the hospital.
Hours:  Volunteers will be required to commit to a visit (generally lasting 1.5 2 hours) at least twice per month and up to every other week. 
Ongoing Responsibilities:
The Escort Volunteer will escort the Volunteer Owner and Therapy Pet during the entire visit in the hospital.
Before entering an elevator with the therapy pet, the escort will ask any occupants if they object to the pet being on the elevator.  If there is a concern, the team will wait for the next elevator.
The Escort Volunteer will be provided a census containing the patient name, room number and age for all patients who are permitted a pet visit.
Pet visits will take place in identified patient rooms as well as other locations such as the playroom, rooftop play area and private offices per directions from Child Life.
The Escort Volunteer will indicate with a check mark all patients who received a pet visit that day.  This list will be turned into the Child Life Department prior to leaving that day.
Before entering an approved patient room, the Escort Volunteer will knock ad ask the patient/family if it is a good time for a visit.  Be aware of physicians, nurses or other therapy staff who are working with the patient and offer to return later during the visit if necessary and possible.
The escort Volunteer must assure that the patient washes his/her hands prior to and following the pet visit.
A clean sheet and protective barrier will be placed on the bed, chair, or patient lap prior to an animal being placed on the bed, chair or patient lap.  The sheet will be removed by the Escort Volunteer and placed in the soiled linen bin at the end of the pet visit.
If the animal rides the cart, the soiled linen on the cart will be removed by the Volunteer Escort at the last room scheduled for a visit and deposited in the soiled linen bin in that patients room. 
The Escort Volunteer will place the patient list from that days visit will be placed in the accordion file folder (located with the pet therapy supplies above the pet therapy supplies) under the corresponding month.