|Bridge Hospice now offering pet therapy|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 12 April 2013 09:14|
Bridge Hospice is now offering a Pet Therapy Program for hospice patients using Bridge services at home or in the Bridge Hospice Care Centers in Bowling Green or Findlay. Through this program, three American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen certified dogs provide comfort and companionship for hospice patients.
The three dogs - Misty, Buddy and Ben - visit patients alongside their owners Denise Woodward, Matt Ricker, Cindy Runion and Diana Rehm.
"These dogs have specialized training to ensure they have the temperament and preparation to provide companionship to a hospice patient," said Cindy Ohms, director of Bridge Home Health & Hospice. "They provide socialization, supportive listening, stress relief and can be a welcome distraction for many patients."
A relatively new addition to hospice programs, pet therapy has been used in other areas of health care for many years. Benefits of pet therapy include reducing stress and blood pressure, combatting loneliness, easing physical and emotional pain and improving memory.
This program is open to all Bridge Hospice patients at no additional charge. The pet therapy dogs will visit the Bridge Hospice centers in Bowling Green and Findlay on weekdays. Home visits are also available and can be arranged through the patient's Bridge Hospice nurse.
For more information, call Bridge Hospice at 419-423-5351.
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