Pet Assisted Visitation
Pet assisted visitation at the Barton Skilled Nursing Center takes place multiple times each week. This service helps patients feel less lonely and can provide a welcome change from routine, and promotes a more activity and responsiveness. We are delighted when Barton patients are entertained by our furry friends, and welcome the distraction from pain and infirmity. People often talk to the dogs, and share with them their thoughts and feelings and memories.
Animal visits provide something to look forward to. Stroking a dog or cat can reduce a person’s blood pressure. Petting encourages use of hands and arms, stretching and turning. It gives people a common interest and provides a focus for conversation. Many people in hospitals or group homes have had to give up pet ownership and they miss the casual acceptance a pet gives them. A dog pays little attention to age or physical ability, but accepts people as they are. The benefits continue even after the visit. The visit leaves behind memories not only of the visit, but of past experiences. It offers something for people to share.