Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc., offers a variety of senior services to hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospice organizations. For seniors, the benefits of a furry companion visit can have life-changing effects that improve their overall health and quality of life.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, “More than 50% of nursing home residents have no living close relative, and it is estimated that 60% of nursing home residents have no visitors.”
Activities performed during senior visits include petting, brushing, walking, and even just simply snuggling. These activities provide a means for staying engaged in everyday movement and behavior. This gives the individual purpose by providing care and love for the animal, while at the same time lowering stress levels, promoting socialization with others, and providing mental stimulation.
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
- Gilda Radner