Pet Therapy for hospice patientsPet Therapy

Samaritan Hospice's pet therapy program involves trained volunteers who visit patients and families with specially certified dogs.

Benefits of pet therapy for hospice patients

Visiting with these gentle animals helps 

  • people feel less lonely
  • provides entertainment and a welcome distraction from the pains and burdens of coping with illness
  • encourages people to communicate their feelings, laugh and interact with others

The act of petting a dog can

  • relax people
  • sometimes reduce blood pressure
  • encourage use of hand, arms and movement

Patients in facilities who may have had to give up cherished pets find joy in reliving memories. In addition, patients and families often report more responsiveness to care and an improved feeling of connection to life through the use of this comforting therapy.

Support Hospice Pet Therapy

Though not required or covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurers, the services of Samaritan Hospice's pet therapy dogs are made possible through volunteers and donations to Samaritan. 

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