Animal Assisted Therapy

Senior gentleman petting a small dog on a couch

Animal-Assisted therapy utilizes animals (e.g. dogs) to increase social engagement and communication, decrease psychological feelings of loneliness, boredom, and improve quality of life. Weekly pet visitation sessions that are 30 – 45 minutes in length are offered to patients. Additionally we utilize companion pets that respond to petting, and motion much like a real cat. Animal assisted therapy has resulted in decreased behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, allowing individuals to experience positive interactions and to enhance their psychological wellbeing.

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