Assisted Living Services Inc. News
290 Highland Ave., Suite 1, Cheshire, CT 06410
Tel: (203) 634-8668 Fax: (203) 238-2569
Provides in-home elder care services. Homemaking, companionship, personal care and 24/7 live-in's. Employees must pass criminal background checks, are bonded and insured. Live-in & PCA are CAN's and HHA.
Assisted Living Services, Inc. is proud to announce its new Animal Assisted Therapy Visit Program.
April 21, 2013Assisted Living Services, Inc. is proud to announce its new Animal Assisted Therapy Visit Program. The Program is offered complimentary to any current home care client who gives consent for a visit from Sharon D'Aquila or Ron D'Aquila, RN and their Therapy Dog "Sonny".
Sonny is a beautiful AKC Registered Golden Retriever that has completed extensive training and obedience courses followed by extensive course and handling work through Pet Partners (formerly known as Delta Society) that have enabled him to become a Registered Therapy Animal. Sharon and Ron are the owners of Assisted Living Services, Inc. and have worked closely with Sonny to become his Registered Therapy Animal Handlers. Animal Assisted Therapy Visits can provide positive physical, emotional, and psychological benefits in the elderly, such as:
-Lowering blood pressure and heart rate -Reducing stress and anxiety -Improving mood, depression, and loneliness -Increasing social interaction -Increasing appetite and adherence to medical regimen
According to Sharon D'Aquila, President / Co-Owner, "Sonny has brought such happiness into our lives and we want to share the joy he brings with our home care clients." Some of the activities that can be done during a visit include going for a short walk together, giving Sonny treats (for tricks of course!) and petting or brushing Sonny. It also gives the owners an invaluable opportunity to meet with and get to know their clients even better.
Sonny will be bathed and well groomed prior to each visit, has complete veterinary records/immunizations, and is fully insured. We encourage that for infection control purposes, everyone touching Sonny will use hand sanitizer prior to and upon completion of the visit. We will not be able to visit if another animal is in the home. Animal Assisted Therapy Visits are common in Nursing Homes, Hospitals, and Rehabilitation Facilities but not widely done in home care. Assisted Living Services, Inc. is one of the only home care agencies in Connecticut to offer such a program. To request a visit, please contact Sharon or Ron at 203-634-8668
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