Tuesday, July 26, 2005


I dug this ad up - it's from the September 2004 issue of Baltmore magazine. So far any proposals to put cats into nursing homes have all been denied. Posted by Picasa

5 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

The reluctance to introduce any animals into a nursing setting is based on the common MISconception that animals spread diseases despite facts stating otherwise. It is very hard to change people's mindset. It took a long time before pet therapy was accepted into settings such as nursing home and it was a "hush-hush" thing in the beginning until there was enough media publicity on the benefits of pet therapy, that it is now even mention as part of the holisthic care of people in institutions. Even now there are still nursing homes ruled by "old thinkers" who forbide any animals into the vicinity of their "patients".

In the USA, there is a transformation of nursing home called Edenization where residents include pets!

http://www.nursinghomesmagazine.com/Past_Issues.htm?ID=1808

Clearly these baby boomers will not be satisfied with the current LTC (Long Term Care) routine of being cared for with standard medical treatments only, a focus that promotes a healthy body, but does nothing to foster a healthy mind and spirit1. In view of this, the traditional LTC facility is in desperate need of reform. In the traditional LTC environment, the residents relinquish control of their lives and become isolated from the community2. Staff controls personal activities such as bathing, dressing, and toileting. Life becomes a burdensome, scheduled daily routine.

Basic to the EA, animals, plants, and children play an active role at the facility. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish are all visible, and the residents join, at least in part, in caring for and loving them. Children from the on-campus day care come and seek instructions from residents, who teach and mentor them, and actively participate with them in activities. Family members look forward to visiting the residents because they too enjoy the transformation from the typical, sterile LTC setting to a more homelike environment.

26/7/05 3:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That sounds lovely - it sounds much more exciting and a better place to live in than the often sterile nursing homes. With more doctors like you, maybe we'll see a change someday?

26/7/05 3:11 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I will be entering the baby boomer elderly cohort in the not too far future and I definitely do not want to live out the last lap in an INSTITUTION. It is said that the suffering of nursing homes' residents is due to BOREDOM, SENSE OF HOPELESSNESS AND SENSE OF USELESSNESS, more so than the physical afflictions. When a nuring home becomes "edenized", the residents naturally become less depressed, require less restraining, whether physically or chemically and other medical conditions improve, requiring less medication and hence less side effects from polypharmacy. Even staff turnover in Edenized nursing home is reduced. In Singapore, Edenization has to be presented in COST-SAVING before it will even be considered!

26/7/05 3:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You have your work cut out for you, doctor!

26/7/05 3:42 PM  
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26/7/05 4:45 PM  

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