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.

 

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