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WHATVolunteer pet handers and pets make regular visits seniors in nursing homes.
WHYTo provide a stimulating activity for seniors in nursing homes and other individuals where needed. To calm the frustration that many senior residents in long-term care facilities face from limited abilities.
WHERETherapeutic Paws of Canada. Ontario, Canada.

Program Description

"Recovery from surgery is accelerated when there is continued contact with a pet. The positive impact of our program on the day-to-day life of seniors in our community cannot be calculated."

The “Therapeutic Paws of Canada  - Therapy Dog Visitation” Program takes dogs to visit and assist in Nursing homes, Long-term care centers, Alzheimer Day Care Centers, Retirement Residences, Hospitals, Schools and other facilities.

Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are busy environments with people using wheelchairs, canes, walkers, crutches and medical equipment. 

In order for dogs to be in nursing homes, dogs must pass the following test evaluation with their owners along side:

-Wheelchair Visit And Distractions such as dropping noisy metal objects on the floor or a chair being pushed over
-Patiently Sitting For Petting
-Reaction To Other Dogs
-Dog Visiting Stationary Crowd


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