Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Victoria Jones and Dozer
Versailles Health Care Center is proud to welcome Victoria Jones to the Activity Department. She specializes in pet therapy. “What I tell everybody is that we are Dogtors. AAT stands for animal assisted therapy and can be used with any person, patient, resident, staff, or family members alike. That is because dogs heal, that’s why we do what we do,” Jones states.

Pet therapy is defined as the guided interactions between a person and a trained animal. In this case, the animal is a canine named Dozer. Dozer has had many years of experience as a therapy dog. He is also certified as a service dog and an emotional support dog for families at funerals.

The purpose of providing pet therapy at VHCC is to help patients recover quicker from the illness’ they are suffering from. Spending time with the pet therapist and their animals can help facilitate a person’s recovery. Petting and talking to the pet and their trainer can increase self-worth and happiness in a person. This can help lead to decreased time in a hospitalized setting.

Pet therapy can also help a person meet their therapy needs. Some animals can help reinforce rehabilitation in patients who need practice throwing a ball or walking, because the pet can retrieve the ball and/or walk with them while they are exercising. Of course, there are many other ways that a therapy animal can help a person. These are just a couple of ways that a therapy animal can help assist a person on their way to recovery.

But, you don’t have to be ill to benefit or receive a visit from one of these sought after pets. The benefits of a weekly visit can be used simply to brighten up someone’s day. There are many residents and/or patients that reside in senior settings that don’t like to join or mix with other people. For their own personal reasons, they have chosen to seclude themselves. A visit from a therapy animal can really brighten their outlook. By providing comfort and joy to someone, the therapy animal has done their job.

Versailles Health Care Center is a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center that offers long-term care, short-term rehab services, and outpatient therapy. Versailles Health Care Center accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most insurance. If you are interested in learning more about Versailles Health Care Center, please call at 937-526-5570 or visit on the web at www.versailleshealthcare.com.

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