How to Make Animal Therapy Work
There are alternatives to patients keeping a full-time pet when that is not a realistic option. An animal can be brought to them at their home on regular or semi-regular basis. You should call ahead to make sure the person is prepared for the pet to come over.
Morning and early afternoon tend to be the best time for a visit with an Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferer. By late afternoon (s)he might be too tired for a visit. In those circumstances, the benefits of a visit might be minimal at best. It’s also best to determine what appears to be a reasonable amount of time to visit the particular patient. A short time might be best for some while some seem to enjoy a longer visit.
Larson House, located in Columbus, Wisconsin, one of the Platinum Communities residences, has recently “adopted” PARO, “a lifelike, interactive robot baby harp seal designed to produce the documented benefits of animal therapy to patients in hospitals and extended-care facilities.”
If you would like to experience PARO firsthand feel free to schedule a tour to visit us at Larson House. In addition to getting to know PARO you can check out the rest of our residence to see if assisted living would be something that would work for you.
Larson House has a memory care facility which specifically deals with residents who suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia. On your tour you will learn what kind of care we are capable of offering.
Edwards NE, Beck AM. Animal-assisted therapy and Nutrition in Alzheimer’s disease (2002). West J Nurs Res 2002;24(6):697-712.
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· Beaver Dam
· Fall River
· Sun Prairie