Providing Comfort and Care through Pet Therapy
Because a primary goal of hospice services is comfort care, Pet Therapy is an ideal option for providing comfort to patients who often feel isolated in the hospice setting.
Pet Therapy assists with:
- Comfort care
- Bringing back memories
- Encouraging activity
- Providing unconditional love
Healthcare experts say that hospice patients are noticeably more active and responsive during and after animal visits.
At St. Elizabeth Hospice we also use pet therapy as a bereavement resource with our STARS program. We believe that therapy dogs provide a welcome distraction from grief as well as emotional support and comfort when confronting grief.