Furry friends visit Best Care

May 16, 2013

Portia Williams

PDT Staff Writer

WHEELERSBURG — In celebration of National Nursing Home Week, Best Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center held a Dog Show for their residents Thursday.

Christina Boyles, Activities Director at Best Care, said their focus is person-centered care.

“Our objective is to turn our nursing home into a home for our residents. We had had a host activities during the course of this week in addition to the Dog Show,” Boyles said.

Boyles said having a dog show was the idea of the residents.

“We have weekly meetings with our residents and at one of our meetings they requested that we have pets come in to visit,” Boyles said.

Boyles said after a vote was taken, the consensus was to have a dog show. Members of the Best Care staff brought their own dogs in for the dog show. Five dogs participated accompanied by their owners on leashes.

Stacy Lester, Activities and Lighthouse Coordinator, said it is therapeutic for the residents to interact with pets.

“The benefits is that it makes our residents reminisce and remember times that they have had dogs. Petting the dogs and feeling their different textures, it just makes it a fun experience for them,” Lester said.

Judging for the dog show was done by the residents’ level of cheering when each dog was held up. The loudest cheer went to the dog named “Gray” the pet of staff member Jason Priode, making gray the dog show winner.

Edith Rollins, an eight year resident of Best Care said she enjoyed the dog show event.

“I think it is wonderful, it has been so much for all of us,” Rollins said.

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