A dog walks into a nursing home: what we can learn from animals in a medical setting

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University of Virginia. School of Medicine
What happens when an extroverted six-year-old dog and her introverted human partner enter the local public nursing home as a therapy dog team? This was the question writer Sue Halpern (nervously) asked herself when she and her dog Pransky began their work at the Helen Porter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury VT. In this Medical Center Hour, Halpern revisits the remarkable experiences she and Pransky had over six years with the nursing home residents, experiences that continued even after Pransky's health declined. She also speaks to the increasingly recognized value of introducing therapy animals into medical settings and the significant physical and emotional benefits that follow—for patients, staff, and therapy teams.

A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture
Halpern, Sue (Speaker); Childress, Marcia Day (Moderator); University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Therapy dogs (Psychiatric service dogs); Animals--Therapeutic use; Nursing homes
Medical Center Hour
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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