St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program at Tiffany Village

Pet Therapy for Seniors

Tiffany Village Retirement Residence Partnership (Tiffany Village and Kenny’s Pond Retirement Residence) proudly participates in St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Program with every month!     The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program brings joy and comfort to the sick, lonely and those in need of a friendly visit.  The program started in June, 1992 as a pilot program in Peterborough, Ontario and today nearly 3,000 Therapy Dog teams reach thousands annually.   

Therapy Dog services are provided in a wide range of community settings such as:
  • Hospitals
  • Seniors residences and care facilities
  • Schools, universities and colleges
  • Community centres and libraries

The Therapy Dog Program provides an opportunity for seniors to:

  • Talk with the volunteer and the dog
  • Feel, touch, pet and cuddle the dog
  • Receive unconditional love from the dog
  • Carry-out or practice an activity in the presence of the dog

Research has revealed many benefits to pet therapy; some of which may include:

  • Decreased blood pressure and stress
  • Improved communication and reminiscence
  • Many people who are normally unresponsive to other therapies may ‘brighten up’ and ‘chat’ with a pet. 
  • Pets may motivate and encourage the elderly to stay healthy and exercise, giving them a feeling of being ‘needed’.
  • Motor skills may improve with the assistance of an animal trained for pet therapy

If you or your family member would like to more about The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs Program, please visit the St. John Ambulance website.

 

Our Testimonials

  • I have lived at Tiffany Village ever since it opened more than five years ago and I could not be happier. I find I can do all the things I did at home here. Most of my children live out of Province and I only have one daughter living here in the City. Patricia and I have done a lot of entertaining here, a family baby shower, birthday party and numerous family gatherings here in the beautiful dining room and get togethers with my lady friends since moving in. The staff and other residents here are just like family and there is a real community atmosphere at Tiffany Village. At Tiffany you can be very busy going to all the activities they have to offer or just hang out as you would in your own home – the choice is up to you. I call Tiffany Village my home now and my family away know that I am content and safe at Tiffany.

    Joan Williams Resident (September 2015)

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