Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Therapy dogs, therapy animals in long-term care

Family Councils' Program asked if we have a therapy dog in our long-term care.

Does your Home have a therapy dog? Share your stories here!
When the resident dog in a seniors' home needed expensive medication, a charity group, The Farley Foundation, saved the day.

Mary has her own therapy dogs!
I take in my therapy rabbit!
We do, at Perth Community Care Centre.
Izzy belongs to one of the activity aides.
Plus, we have two chubby resident therapy cats who are similarly overfed!

I usually take in my therapy rabbit and have her sing to the residents.
Everyone likes my rabbit!
Mildred always had a cat to help her do her puzzles.
PCCC's two resident cats!

It is important that only accredited therapy dogs are used, and that all wash their hands.

Therapy puppet
Muffin Muncher
Why is hand washing important?

Hand washing, when done correctly, is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Good hand washing technique is easy to learn and can significantly reduce the spread of infectious diseases among both children and adults. Wash after you change rooms, before and after eating and preparing meals, and after going to the bathroom, or serving any of the needs of care recipients.
See this post for videos on hand washing. It is crucial you keep bacteria and germs away from frail seniors and young children.

A new study out: 
Visiting pets, including Therapy Dogs who can pass on infections. A dog with MRSA on its fur had spent time in patients’ beds and was kissed by patients. The findings were reported in a letter published in The Journal of Hospital Infection.
Therapy puppet Sir John, the dog!

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