Arms of Aloha brings comfort and dignity to beloved animals and their caregivers with medical, emotional, and spiritual support throughout a pet’s chronic illness and end-of-life phase. We firmly believe in a team approach, offering highly personalized care that respects the needs and wishes of the family unit. Our mission is to facilitate a meaningful, peaceful, and even beautiful end-of-life experience for both the pet and their family.
- We demonstrate mutual respect among all team members, including the caregivers.
- We strive to practice empathy for the community of animal lovers that we serve. We understand that people are not always their best when they are grieving, and forgive easily.
- We are committed to following evidence-based medical practices whenever possible.
- We are open to new ideas or alternative pathways if the situation calls for it, and couple that with respectfully educating the caregivers about the risks and benefits of any proposed plan.
- We commit to supporting each other as thoughtfully as we support our patients and clients.
- We expect a reasonable work-life balance for all team members, regardless of any individual’s family or employment status. We know we do our best work if we each have the opportunity to rest and recharge.
The Hospice Team
A true team mentality is critical to effective and compassionate care. All team members are responsible for representing the best interests of the pet as much as they can.
The Hospice Team always includes:
- The caregiver(s) – the family unit who cares for the patient. The caregivers have the final say in all treatment decisions
- The veterinarian – directs medical care and provides expert advice to the team
- The technician – a registered veterinary technician (similar to a registered nurse) is the liaison between the caregivers and the veterinarian, monitors the patient’s status and well-being, and facilitates smooth implementation of the personalized care plan
- The caregiver support team – pet loss grief counselors, chaplains and licensed clinical therapists ensure that the family’s needs are being met
The Hospice Team can also include:
- Other veterinary professionals and clinics who may help care for the patient, including but not limited to the referring veterinary practice, rehabilitation and physical therapy specialists, acupuncturists, and holistic practitioners
- Extended family and close family friends
- Pet sitters, groomers and other pet care professionals who help ensure the patient’s comfort and well-being
- Animal communicators and other members of the community whom the family want to be involved
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