Love on Leashes
Animal Assisted therapy has a long history. It began in the sixteenth century and in the 1970’s Dr. Aaron Katcher collected the first data showing that animals could improve a person physical state such as lowering blood pressure and minimizing experience of pain.
Pets also stimulate life review and reminiscing, often improving long and short term memory. Some patients feel a spiritual oneness with life and nature when in the presence of pets. Petting increases motor skill movement and brings a sense of warmth in touch. Psychologically, when a person nurtures, their need to be nurtured is being fulfilled.
APEX Hospice and Palliative Care offers Love on Leashes, to our patients, provided by Trained Director Care Volunteers. All dogs are registered and certified with a national therapy dog registry and hold a traditional animal assisted activity certification.
Love on Leashes pets and their Handler attend an obedience/temperament interview with the agencies Volunteer Services Director to ascertain the dog is responsive to its owner, as well as other people, has good manners and can remain calm in a new or different situations.
Love on Leashes is a true partnership in care which we are confident will bring many hours of joy to patients, family members and the staff of APEX Hospice and Palliative Care.
Apex Hospice and Palliative Care, currently has eight certified and trained companion dogs that are providing visits to our patients and their families, whether the patient may live at home or in a skilled nursing facility.