CHH Introduces Pet Therapy for Patients and Staff

(Torrington, CT) CHH has begun offering additional smiles and tail wagging to its patients and staff members with the addition of Pet Therapy services at the hospital’s main campus. 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Bosco and her partner JoJo (Collie) have joined the CHH volunteer program and began making weekly rounds to patient floors and staff areas in March. 

Betsy is a member of The Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program that trains, screens and registers the volunteers and their pets for visiting-animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.  Both Betsy and JoJo have met all education and performance qualifications for the program. 

“We check with the nursing staff prior to entering patient rooms and areas to ensure that it is appropriate time for a visit.” said Betsy.   

“It’s well-known and scientifically proven that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant physical and mental health benefits including, lowering blood pressure, improving cardiovascular health, diminishes overall  physical pain, lifts spirits and lessens depression, lowers anxiety and reduces loneliness. “ said Shelli Rhoads, CHH Volunteer Coordinator. 

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health.

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