If you’ve ever thought about using your dog’s natural good nature to put a smile on the face of local seniors in a nursing home, you should understand the procedures involved first. The activities director of the community you’re thinking about would be the first person to call. They will tell you what’s required before you and your pet schedule your first visit.
A Therapy Dog provides comfort and affection to people in assisted living and nursing homes. They might be trained for the task. The dogs provide people with animal contact; people who may or may not have a form of disability. Therapy Dogs work in animal-assisted activities and animal-assisted therapy. The dog is commonly owned by the person handling it, as a pet. Therapy Dogs usually work with their handler during visits to communities. This may sound technical but it isn’t necessarily so. Any dog that brings a smile to a resident is providing a therapeutic benefit. The administrator of this nursing home says nursing homes are a low priority for animal visits. He is trying to change that in part, by downplaying the requirements.