PAWS teams visit with folks throughout the entire spectrum of elder care: adult day care, assisted living, Alzheimer's units, rehabilitation, skilled care, and hospice. Each of these different areas requires a different type of visit, which in turn dictates the skills needed from both the PAWS pet and handler.
Working in partnership with both Willow Tree Hospice and Compassionate Care Hospice, PAWS provides the pet therapy training and coordination, while the hospices provide interested volunteers and the scheduling of visits.
Presently, PAWS teams visit eleven units in Christiana Care (Newark), four units in Christiana Care (Wilmington), six units in Union Hospital, Physical Therapy at St. Francis Hospital, and several chemotherapy labs at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. Working with children, our teams visit Exceptional Care for Children and the radiation unit at Helen Graham. (For a complete listing, see our "Where We Visit" page.)
(Required: PAWS Basic Training, Advanced Level STEX)