NURSING HOME IN LOUISIANA PARTNERS WITH LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER, CREATING AN ANIMAL HOUSE CLUB
A skilled nursing facility is slowly transforming from the traditional institutionalized setting into a homey space for residents by becoming a regular animal house.
In Many, Louisiana, the Many Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center welcomes dogs and cats to its quarters bringing little friskiness into their residents’ lives, recently collaborated with the local animal shelter creating its new program called the Animal House Club.
It all started when one resident, Elizabeth Dowden, found a wounded dog on the side of the road and brought her back to the facility, naming her Tula. Eventually, some of its residents decided to develop the club, with a play area in its courtyard for pets. Wanting to help more, they then started making blankets for pets at the Sabine Humane Society, crafting more than 100.
The program was recognized by the Pioneer Network in September with a Community Commitment Award for its contributions to the eldercare field. Pioneer noted that the program has many facets, but it truly believes that the highlight is its “TLC Program,” – allowing club members to foster kittens and puppies.
The Animal House Club program has been very helpful for the nursing home’s residents.
“It’s very therapeutic, especially for me,” resident Valerie Gadd said in interview.
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