Ahh! Not much is nicer then snuggling up in a nice cozy blanket except for if it’s a nice cozy dog instead. An up and coming idea for assisted living facilities is to hold a pet day where volunteers can bring in certified therapy pets. Before the residents came into your facility, almost all of them had pets and had great memories with them, so why not hold an event to bring back old memories and make new ones.
Along with the great interaction, this is also considered a form of therapy. Just petting a guinea pig or having a cat lay on your lap is extremely therapeutic because it releases endorphins. This event would be such a hit that even the more reserved residents may come out of their rooms to enjoy some animal time.
For a list of Pet Therapy organizations, logon to www.pcalic.com and send us an e-mail request!