What is Neon?

What is NEON?

Neon is our Volunteer management data base.  Everyone is being asked learn to use the system in order to enter and keep your profile current and correct so that you may be contacted.   Listed in your account is your name, current e-mail address, phone contact information, and more. You will be able to find the date to renew your membership, pay your dues and the re-certification date for your pet. Also listed will be your volunteer facilities (these may need some updating if you do not see yours contact Larry Curtis)

Another important function of NEON is to record all of the Volunteer hours that you as a member give to the community. These hours are necessary to receive larger donations, grants, and contributions. We want this data to be available for our 20th year Celebration event.

To SIGN IN to NEON (you must use your email and have a password)

To get your password contact Stacie Russeau  and sign in either through our neon link https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/kywags/login.jsp or find it linked in our Members Only portal of our WEB Site www.kywags.org .   Ask Anita Kotheimer for your WEB login and password if you have lost yours; or simply follow the instruction sheet that will be handed out at the January meeting.

Click on the NEON  in the yellow AND YOU WILL SEE THIS FOR NEON

Once you are in Neon you are now able to view a drop down menu called: What would you like to do! Select which item you want to view & click. View them all!

We are asking you to apply for your time sheet for 2017 hours and non-visit hours by checking “view facility list / sign up”. You will see every available facility that needs teams but you will want to narrow the search to select category> 2017 hours and click search. Only these two items need checking.  Scroll to the bottom and click apply. It will take 24 hours for a time sheet to be approved.  When you have your personal time sheets they will show up at the bottom of your profile to fill in your 2017 visiting and non-visiting hours and submit them.

 

We need your help to update all of this information.  There will be instructions at the January meeting and as well as live help with a computer if you need personal instructions.

 

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20 visits in 2 years!

For all of our Ambassador Teams who wish to continue visiting, each team must complete 20 visits every two years to maintain their certification. So what does this mean for you? We are wanting  to see visiting and facility sign-ups increasing over the next year.  The requests keep pouring in.  Our active teams deserve honorable mention and we are welcoming new teams into our ranks.  The more we expand our visiting base, the more we give back to the community.

At this time, we have more visit requests than we are able to fill and we need your help to bring our very special animals to those that need them the most! Just find the type of facility that seems well-suited to you and your pet, reach out to our facility committee, and they’ll help you get going.

Remember, you don’t have to visit alone. If you would like help and and want to experience the comradery of visiting with other teams or a Trained Aid, seek out a friend or make a new one at the next meeting! Whether they are currently visiting or just getting started,  working with other WAGS members can provide confidence, support, and a deeper sense of community.

Our most important objective for 2018 is “confidence” in visiting. Not feeling confident? That’s ok, we have plenty of resources for you. Seek out our wonderful WAGS trainers – some of whom are even members! – or our senior members if you need some help or have questions. Try looking for members who live nearby, visit at similar or even the same facilities, or are in a similar step of the membership process and share an outing together. Maybe even consider taking a dog training class together with one of our recommended trainers to build or polish your skills.

Thanks to our updated website and our brand new Membership Portal we can stay connected like never before!

We invite and  ENCOURAGE YOU to submit a request to Anita Kotheimer or Ben Cook to meet with us after the meeting for a FOCUSED INQUIRY about getting connected to other members and the WAGS family as a whole. We are thrilled to have you and are ready to provide support however we can.

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2017 Volunteer Hours

 

           Volunteer Hours

Let’s get our visiting and non-visiting hours ready to put into Neon for the 2017 year. The manual sub-mission will still be accepted.  Go to the forms in the menu bar to printout your forms. Since volunteering for pet therapy is the main focus of our organization we encourage you to submit your hours.     Engage your pet for the 2018 year by committing to more facilities.  See Roslynn Curtis to volunteer.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of our visiting teams and faithful volunteers for WAGS!

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Member’s Only Portal

Use Members Only page to enter NEON and to find much more information

The Members Only page is open to those who login in with their Neon e-mail address and the given password sent in the last newsletter.   By double clicking on the NEON Square you can sign into NEON.    We are proud to say we are growing by leaps and bounds!  Neon now lets you apply for facility visits in 2018 as well as log your hours as they happen.  Have you thought about updating all of the facilities that you are currently visiting?  It would help us tremendously if you would contact Roslynn Curtis or Diane Atherton if you have changed or added facilities to your team list.

Last updated 1/16
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Any Volunteers for food during 2018 Evaluations

We need volunteers who can provide a meal for the 2018 evaluations.  This is so helpful with the lengthy process that everyone appreciates that you are making yourself available.  These are recordable as volunteer hours!

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Next 101 Classes

 

The next WAGS 101 classes:  Feb 21st  at Linda Laun’s house 6pm.

We need at least 4 people to conduct the 101 class. Make reservations with Martha Raymer listed on your contact sheet.

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Facility Sign up Opportunities

Below you will find a full listing of Screened & Non Screened Facilities that are in need of Ambassador team visits. These are also available in NEON.


NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISITATION

1. LANDMARK RECOVERY CENTER – provides detox, residential, and an outpatient program. Census is between 20 and 32. Residents are 18 to 60 years old. Visits would be in common area, classroom, or outside courtyard.

2. MAGNOLIA SPRINGS LIVING CENTER is a senior living center offering assisted living and memory care.

3. NORTON BROWNSBORO HOSPITAL– The Volunteer director is asking for more visiting teams. Flexible days and times. Free flu shots and TB test. Orientation required.

4. EPISCOPAL CHURCH HOME– The Life Enrichment Coordinator is requesting WAGS to this senior living, rehab and long term care facility.

5.ESSEX NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER – is an assisted living, skilled nursing facility. Hours are flexible. Vaccination record of dog is required.

6. KOSAIR CHARITIES PEDIATRIC CONVALESCENT CENTER (WITHIN THE HOME OF THE INNOCENTS) IS A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY FOR MEDICALLY FRAGILE CHILDREN. WOULD LIKE VISITS IN THE EVENING.

EXISTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISITATION

1.FRIENDSHIP MANOR in Crestwood is an assisted living, skilled nursing facility. Hours are flexible. Vaccination record of dog is required.
2. MORNING POINTE is a senior living facility that is requesting more teams. Only 1 team is currently visiting
3 KIDs CLUB houses children ages toddler though school age that are medically fragile and disabled. It serves 3 locations. The administrator is interested in WAGS visits to increase socialization skills, self esteem, and emotional stability.
4. SIGNATURE AT ROCKFORD is a skilled nursing facility and rehab center WAGS will provide an additional option of quality of life

5. SYMPHONY AT VALLEY FARMS is a dementia-memory care center located close to Valley High School.5.JUST FAMILY ADULT DAY CENTER- Adult Day Care Center for adults with multiple disabilities

6.SPANISH COVE INDEPENDENT SENIOR HOUSING

7. SPRINGHURST PINES – A assisted living facility.

8.BEEHIVE HOMES OF GOSHEN – An assisted living facility.

9. Gilda’s Club -Cancer support

10. James Brown Cancer Center – Gilda’s Club    Cancer/Therapy/Research

11. Brooke Hospital (KMI)  Halfway House for women & men in recovery

12. Emeritus Stonecreek Lodge  Nursing Home

13. Golden Living Center  (St.Matthews Manor)   Alzheimer’s Care

14. Parkway Rehab & Nursing Center     5th Floor

15. Treyton Oak Towers     Nursing Home

16. Bashford East Healthcare    Nursing Home

17. Mattingly Center East     Adult Training Facility

18.  Norton Hospital Downtown

19. CHRISTIAN HEALTH CENTER WEST IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND THE YMCA. IT IS A SKILLED NURSING CARE FACILITY. PATIENTS EXHIBIT DEMENTIA, DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY ALONG WITH THEIR PHYSICAL DISORDERS.

20. STS. MARY AND ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IS A PRIMARY CARE HOSPITAL, UNITS OPEN FOR VISITATION ARE MEDICAL/SURGICAL, ORTHOPEDIC, TELEMETRY, AND REHAB.

21. ALTERNATIVE SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS IS LOCATED ON BARDSTOWN ROAD BETWEEN BEUCHEL AND FERN CREEK. THIS FACILITY PROVIDES ADULT DAY TRAINING SERVICES. AGE GROUPS ARE 25-66 YEARS OLD. ALL PATIENTS GO HOME LATE AFTERNOON. MANAGER WILL SET UP SMALL GROUPS FOR INTERACTION WITH WAGS.

23.THE ALTENHEIM IS LOCATED AT 936 BARRET AVE AND IS A SENIOR HEALTH CARE FACILITY RANGING FROM INDEPENDENT LIVING TO SKILLED CARE. THERE ARE 45 RESIDENTS.

THERE ARE MORE FACILITIES THAT HAVE BEEN SCREENED BUT HAVE NO VISITING TEAM. PLEASE CLICK ON VISITATION SCHEDULE WHEN IT IS EMAILED TO YOU BY STACIE RUSSEAU (MEMBERSHIP CHAIR) IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THESE FACILITIES EMAIL ROSLYNN CURTIS  EMAIL roslynncurtis@gmail.com

ONE TIME ONLY

U of L Medical Meeting, Feb 9th, 2 pm, (University Hospital) see Anita Kotheimer

 NON-MEDICAL VISITS   NEW OPPORTUNITIES

1. St. LEONARD CATHOLIC SCHOOL is requesting pet therapy for their primary grades.  Their classes are very small and individualized.

2. MIDDLETOWN LIBRARY is requesting pet therapy.  Times are flexible.

3. HIGHLANDS-SHELBY PARK branch is requesting pet therapy for their struggling readers. They would like to rotate groups in 15 minute increments.

4.  WESTERN LIBRARY would like to add teams for their reading program.

5. SOUTHWEST LOUISVILLE LIBRARY is interested in having teams come out and inform all ages, about the benefits of animal therapy.

6. Village of Park Duvalle would like for teams to come and educate the residents of the benefits of animal assisted therapy.

 

If you are interested in any of the Non-medical facilities please let Diane Atherton know wagsnonmedicalfacility@gmail.com or 859-368-4133

 

 


 

 

Request a Facility Visit
If you are a facility director interested in a visit from a WAGS pet therapy team, please complete the form below with your first and last name, email address, and all information as requested to the right under "Facility Request Instructions" to help us connect you to the appropriate team manager. Thank you for your interest in bringing the healing power of animals to your facility. One of our volunteers will contact you soon!
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Happy New Year to all who have survived the Holidays and the cold!

Come to our meeting!

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There is no reason to be afraid of the flu if your dog has been vaccinated.  Mark your pet with a pink ribbon if you want people to keep their distance during the meeting.  We are just very happy to announce that there are no restriction being enforced on the dog flu epidemic.  Be wise about leaving your dog at home if he is sick or demonstrates any flu symptoms. If you are a first time visitor leave your pet at home.

The date of the next official  meeting is Saturday , February 10th at 10 am.  There is a lot of NEW INFORMATION to convey so make it a point to attend.  We will be meeting at the same facility,  Saint Matthews Episcopal Church on 330 North Hubbards Lane, Louisville, Ky  40207

Watch Facebook for any weather cancellations the night before the next meetings!

POSTED 1/16/18

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