Beyond thrilled that Latte’s pet therapy continues to be productive. One of the residents was lucid, with clear enunciation and stayed calm and seated and engaged during our visit. The nurse and additional staff mentioned this was a remarkable finding based from a historical perspective of the resident’s behavior and verbal acuity. Some of her conversation and complete sentences included but were not limited to:
When I asked if she liked dogs she said yes with great excitement!
In continuing the conversation, I asked if she had a dog and she informed me she did in her home and the dog was big. She discussed her brother, but I do not recall what that was in reference to. Unsolicited, she engaged me and told me I had pretty eyes! She also addressed some of the other residents.
Notably, her conversation continued throughout Latte’s visit. In addition, she was extremely calm, remained seated and social with the other residents.
The exchange highlighted above included Latte approaching the resident with love and the resident in turn petting her…I think it was a moment which may have been a catalyst to her being verbal in the moment.
Latte and I continue to have great fulfillment in our weekly visits to The Palms. We appreciate your willingness to include us in the therapy conducted in the memory care unit.