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Is your hospice going to the dogs? Therapy dogs, that is? Perhaps it should!

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Title: Is your hospice going to the dogs? Therapy dogs, that is? Perhaps it should!
Author: Pritchard, Peggy A.; Stockdale, Rachel
Abstract: In this conference session, the authors review the benefits of companion animals on human health and wellness, distinguish between “therapy dogs (TDs),” “service dogs,” and “emotional support animals,” and focus on the benefits of therapy dogs in hospice and palliative care settings. They describe the history and development of the in-residence and community therapy dog programs run by Hospice Wellington (HW) Guelph, Canada, and situate these TD programs within in HW’s Integrated Wellness (complementary therapies) program. Conference delegates will learn how HW handled critical considerations such as risk management (e.g. human precautions, animal welfare), capacity issues (strategic partnerships with two therapy dog organizations, volunteers), and costs (budget, staff and volunteer time). The authors hope to inspire others to develop and run sustainable hospice therapy dog programs that are based on guidelines and protocols that are informed by current research and best practices.
Description: Key abbreviations used in this slide deck: (1) TD = Therapy Dog. (2) HW = Hospice Wellington <>. A hospice located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Provides in-residence (10-bed) and community hospice palliative care, art therapy, bereavement, and integrated wellness support to the people of Wellington County (13 programs as of September 2019). (3) SJA = St. John Ambulance <>. One of HW’s strategic, TD partners. Provides strictly-assessed, fully-insured, volunteer TD teams (owner/dog). (4) TPOC = Therapeutic Paws of Canada <>. Another national, non-profit, TD organization with which HW has partnered to provide TD teams.
Date: 2019-09-20
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Related Publications: Pritchard, P.A. & Stockdale, R. (2019, Sept. 20). Is your hospice going to the dogs? Therapy dogs, that is? Perhaps it should! [Conference session] Embracing Partnerships Towards a Shared Vision. Talk conducted at the National Conference of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Ottawa, Canada.

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