I left brochures with the people in those senior independent apartments and am waiting to hear back!
I’m very excited because I called a senior living home remotely close to me and they are very interested! Someone from the front desk left a note with the assistant activities director and directed my call to the voice-mailbox of the activities director!
~SO close to setting up a visitation program between a facility and the organization I’m a part of!
Dannyboy and I are super happy 🙂
This past Saturday my dog Danny and I visited the nursing home in Succasunna to spread some smiles to the staff and the residents! It was great (and quite toasty in the place, as usual) and also as usual, Danny was fantastic. I hold him in my arms and lean toward all of the elderly residents in their wheelchairs and he soaks up the love and gives occasional kisses. It brings such joy to these people and I love working with him.
Also, today I gathered brochures and a contract from the president of CCPT. I mailed it to a woman who lives in a senior apartment complex in a town who I have spoken on the phone with about introducing pet therapy to their community room at their complex; I can’t wait to hear their response! Wish me luck! (Tails crossed!)
I really really recommend pet therapy to everybody. Whether you’re a nursing home, hospital, library, school, or apartment complex, I think you should look into the immense benefits of having animals to be around. And if you have a compassionate animal, don’t hesitate to get started! I’m pretty sure you can sign up as a volunteer even if you don’t own a therapy pet. Creature Comfort Pet Therapy is amazing!
Danny is very excited because he knows that we’re working on introducing a new facility to the Creature Comfort Pet Therapy volunteer visitation schedule! I’m trying to incorporate one of two special needs children’s schools into our calendar for volunteer teams to sign up to visit.
Pet therapy is an amazing program that has been proven to improve the mood, performance, and sense of community among volunteer teams, facility staff, patients/clients, and their families. If you know of a facility that can benefit from it, don’t hesitate to suggest it or contact me!
Now it’s almost graduation time so I have tons more time to focus on finishing this Gold Award Project. Danny and I will do more visits now that I’m available. For the “lasting impression” portion of my project I’m thinking of researching a local senior home/other place and establishing a partnership between them and Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.
First I need to email the woman at Girl Scouts but I feel like this is a great idea and I hope she says I can include it in my project!
P.S. my therapy dog Danny says hi!
I got to Merry Heart senior living just a few days after the Kiwanis presentation and they turned me away at the front desk!! Here’s what happened:
Some sort of upper respiratory infection was going around and the nurses had masks on and everything. They weren’t allowing any outsiders, especially pet therapy visits 😦 So Danny, my dad, and I got dressed and drove over there for nothing.
Don’t worry..we took Danny to the park instead!
Okay so this was a huge deal.
My mom and I went to our local Kiwanis meeting because I know the club secretary and was invited to be the guest speaker. After sitting through their meeting, it was my turn to get up and speak about how my dog and I became a certified pet therapy team. I took tons of time planning out what to say and ended up just using my speech as a guideline for my presentation thanks to the skills I learned in my public speaking class.
I had my ID badge, Danny’s ID badge, and a flyer that I made with a few pictures of me and Danny or me outside a facility, all of which I passed around as I was presenting. My mom was amazed at my presentation skills and loved learning about Kiwanis as well as sharing her take of my Gold Award Project.
The Kiwanis club gave me great information about how I could possibly do a workshop or even get parts of this blog published on a pet therapy website in order to really ensure a lasting impact. Thanks for reading!!
Today Danny and I visited the Care One senior living place. This was by far my favorite visit we’ve ever been on.
Everybody was exceptionally kind and grateful for our appearance: the residents, family members of the residents, and the staff! They were all such dog-people and enjoyed every minute we were there. The facility was a legit hotel-like place and each resident’s room was personal and they sometimes had a roommate! There was even an old married couple who got a personal show of Danny’s tricks.
The activities director showed us around and we visited the main lobby, the Alzheimer’s area, some residents in their rooms, a more-progressed Alzheimer’s unit, more residents rooms, and then waved a final goodbye to everyone in the lobby as we walked out the door. This visit took much longer because we had so many people to visit and spent quality time with each patient. Even most of the staff we passed by stopped with huge smiles to greet Dannyboy (: Overall — super successful!
This place I would visit any chance I could get!
This just goes to show how much places like these need all other pet therapy volunteers to get up and visit them because they’re just sitting there waiting for some smiles to be spread by dogs who heal!