Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Forgotten Ones: Compassion for the Elderly

"Animals help patients keep their mind off their problems," says Jean S. Uehl, the director of nurses. "The love the patients get from the animals is unconditional." One particular stroke patient was withdrawn and rarely smiled, until she began to play with the resident cat. The patient and the cat became closely bonded to each other, and when the cat had kittens, "they became like the patient’s babies," according to Uehl.

The kittens played and slept on a tray on the resident’s wheelchair and slept in a chair near her bed whenever they could. The kittens brought the resident out of her shell and she began to talk and smile. "The kittens in particular get all the residents’ attention," says Uehl. "Everyone always wants to know where they’re at and what they’re doing." When there are kittens in the building, a number of residents stay busy all day, following them, playing with them, and keeping an eye on them. ~ From HealthyPet.com

Consider taking your pet to visit residents at a nursing home or an elderly neighbor. They do NOT have to be registered therapy animals. Call your l ocal nursing homes and ask about their policies. Usually only updated shots are required for your pet. Don't have a pet? Go hold a residents hand instead. ♥

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Betty said...


Thelma said...

Cats are like little people in fur coats. You love them like children.

Sue said...

Pets are miracle workers. In my world, the elderly are not forgotten, it is our duty and responsibility to be their voice, to step up and shout out loud when we see wrongdoing and worse.

God is watching how we live our lives when no one is watching. He is watching how we treat those who are helpless and that includes God's wildlife creation.

Love it! Thank you NASGA!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this NASGA.