Sunday, May 1, 2011

Rabbit Comforts Hospice Residents

In Winter Haven, FL, Ruby the rabbit brings smiles to patients at the Wedgewood of Winter Haven assisted living facility.  Ruby is a therapy rabbit through the Compassionate Care Hospice. According to a patient care nurse, "So many of our patients are elderly, and they can be afraid of cats and dogs. Rabbits tend to be more calm, and they usually are good about staying still."The executive director of the hospice also stated, "They are so sweet and soft, and they don't scare people." Our patients are eager to hold her and pet her." The Delta Society which licenses therapy animals nationwide agreed that "rabbits aren't as threatening as some larger or more rambunctious animals, making them a good fit for use with elderly or very ill patients. Plus, he noted that patients in the hospice program are less likely to have allergies to rabbits than to more common pets, like dogs and cats. Read entire article at this link. (Photo credit: Pierre DuCharme / NYT Regional Media Group)