This morning, Danny and I (and my dad) went to Merry Heart on our own! We spent 70 minutes visiting seniors and spreading some smiles to them and the staff!
After putting on our brand new official badges and my tshirt and his bandana, we drove to Merry Heart Assisted Senior Living. Unlike the mentor visit, we went to the 3rd floor Alzheimer’s common area first and then the basement Bistro (had chairs and Wii bowling) second. I actually liked this better than doing it the other way around because the Alzheimer’s floor where the seniors have memory issues/dementia is sort of sad whereas the Bistro is just full of seniors who need assisted living and are just hanging out in a common area. So, we left the whole place on a bit more positive feel.
As for my dog Dannyboy, he did much better than he did on the mentor visit! He was more comfortable in my arms while I went from senior to senior and was well-behaved whenever I put him down. He even did some tricks for the (mostly) ladies in the Bistro, which brought them tons of joy. The staff members thanked us and told us to come back 😀
Feelin’ good, doin’ good, talk to you soon!
P.S. Get involved in the pet therapy program–whether you have a pet, work for an institution, or have a loved one you know would like some extra cheer!