Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is a recent recipient of a Field of Interest Grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The $2,000 award will fund the organization’s Pet Peace of Mind program.
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care was among the first hospice providers in New York State to join the Pet Peace of Mind® project 2011. The program aims to keep hospice patients in the company of their pet companions during their end-of-life journey.
“We know the emotional bond between pet owners and their pets is a tremendous source of comfort and strength for our patients,” said Roberta Thompson, Pet Peace of Mind Coordinator. “Keeping that bond intact is immensely important at the end of life and a high priority for Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.”
The Pet Peace of Mind provides funds for pet food, litter, grooming and veterinary care of patient’s pets. In addition, the program also provides adoption services so the pet owner knows their companion will be well cared for after they are gone.
Hospice volunteers are important to the program; they walk dogs, take pets to the vet, change litter and make sure two companions can enjoy each other’s company.
“Helping patients keep their pets in their home close at hand during this profound time is important to maintaining a high standard quality of life,” said Shauna Anderson, President & CEO of CHPC. “We are grateful to the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation for this support and I know many of our patients share our gratitude.”
The Pet Peace of Mind program is one of several programs offered by CHPC which are not mandated or paid for by Medicare. Others include music therapy, art enrichment, massage therapy and community bereavement care. These additional programs are funded entirely through the generosity of local supporters.