A Canine Companion Program
for Nursing Home Facilities
Paws 4 Seniors resident dogs can provide psychological and physiological benefits associated with pet therapy and pet ownership. Canine companion dogs undergo careful evaluation and thorough training to be well suited to living in a nursing home environment.
The dogs chosen for this special assignment may be any age or breed. They are well mannered and naturally friendly with people of all ages as well as other dogs who may reside at or visit the facility. Their primary role is to share their love and bring a smile to all they meet.
Pet therapy also known as animal assisted therapy simply involves human and animal interaction. This type of interaction is proven to provide health benefits for those who are chronically ill, live with disabilities, have mental or emotional challenges which can include the elderly population.
It is common to find seniors living in nursing homes with chronic depression which can be caused from many reasons. Seniors can feel a sense of isolation from family, friends, and pets they once knew especially if they do not see their families or friends as often as they used to. Their independence and activities of daily living have changed and all of these factors can cause a decline in their overall health.
The dogs used in the Paws 4 Seniors program provide affection and unconditional love to the nursing home residents which also brings out smiles, lowers blood pressure and brings a heart rate to a normal range.
With this type of interaction, residents can forget about their loneliness and problems even for a few hours not to mention the increase in socializing skills and physical mobility.
With a canine companion, the quality of life has been proven to offer benefits to just about anyone especially those living in nursing home facilities.
Paws 4 Seniors Partners With the Paws In Prison (PIP) program.
Paws in Prison is a unique program made possible by the Arkansas Department of Correction and animal rescue groups across the state. Paws in Prison is a non-profit program of the Arkansas Department of Correction, supported only by private donations.
Each year, thousands of homeless dogs are euthanized in animal shelters. Most of PIP dogs come from these shelters. Dogs considered for the program are psychologically assessed by professional dog trainers before being placed with a team of inmates who will train and socialize the dogs under the guidance of professional trainers. This program saves the dogs and prepares them for adoption, while providing inmates with new skills and opportunities to do something positive while incarcerated.