March 9, 2015, West Orange, New Jersey – When pet friends join residents for fun and socialization at Green Hill it brings out the kid in elders and staff alike. On Tuesday March 8th therapy dog Lady, escorted by activities staffer Karen Gyetvay, visited with elders in the nursing and assisted living departments. Lady is a rescue dog certified for pet therapy by Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs in Morris Plains, New Jersey.
Resident Eveline Adams who had dogs and cats while she raised her family said, “I love spending time with Lady. She is a good dog.”
Grace Gargiulo, a resident for two years in assisted living explained, “I’ve had dogs and cats all of my life.” Grace is especially fond of Lady’s visits and keeps dog treats in her apartment for her.
Green Hill welcomes pets, and encourages staff and families to bring their animals to visit. “As long as residents, staff and families follow our pet policy including being current on vaccinations, we are thrilled to welcome pet family members to Green Hill,” said President and Executive Director Toni Lynn Davis. “Animals bring a lot of joy to our residents.”
“I’ve seen elders who don’t want to get out of bed get up to visit with our pet therapy animals,” said Karen Gyetvay. “Residents love them.”
Green Hill also has resident pets on campus including rabbits, birds and fish. Pet therapy is offered weekly in the Green House® Homes and Legacy building.