Every Wednesday patients are visited by Bruce! Bruce is a hypoallergenic Golden Doodle certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. His friendly, affectionate, and gentle nature are comforting to patients, especially patients on our EAC and Adolescent units. Bruce helps to make a potentially long stay feel a little more like home.
While Brooke Glen does not explicitly offer pet therapy as a modality, we are thrilled to have Bruce volunteer. Visits from pets have been shown to be therapeutic for patients suffering from mental illness and has positive effects on their overall well-being by providing emotional care and support(Hundley, 1991).
Visits from Bruce are beneficial not only to the patients, but also to hospital staff. The use of pets as therapeutic agents is shown to increase morale, attentiveness, and self-awareness in behavioral health settings (Rossetti, DeFabiis, Belpedio, & Camille, 2008).
Hundley, Jamie,M.S.N., R.N.C.S. (1991). Pet project: The use of pet facilitated therapy among the chronically mentally III. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 29(6), 23-26.
Rossetti, Jeanette,EdD., R.N., DeFabiis, Susanne, MS,R.N., B.C., & Belpedio, Camille, MS,R.N., P.M.H.C.N.S.-B.C. (2008). Behavioral health staff’s perceptions of pet-assisted therapy: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 46(9), 28-33.
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