Health Related Home Care offers Pet Therapy for its patients who are in Assisted Living Facilities. Pet therapy benefits patients suffering from dementia, anxiety, high blood pressure and depression.
Meet our Therapy Dogs!
Meet Abby Cadabby, a 7 year old Wire Fox Terrier. Abby who is a family pet of Tony and Kerry Hall was found to have an unusual gift. The Hall's oldest daughter Madison has Asperger's Syndrome, also known as High Functioning Autism and suffers from anxiety. It was noticed that Abby could almost sense when Madison was having a anxiety attack and would snuggle up with her and calm her down almost instantly. At first, the Hall's thought it was just a coincidence but over the next several months, her ability to notice the onset of anxiety became stronger. At times, it almost seemed that Abby knew about the panic attack before Madison did. Soon thereafter, Health Related Home Care started their Pet Therapy program and Abby was invited to join them. She underwent an intense 13 week training program and graduated with honors as a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) through the American Kennel Club and has been with Health Related since May 2014. Abby works with patients with dementia, anxiety and high blood pressure in the Assisted Living Facilities serviced by Health Related Home Care. She also enjoys visiting local schools to teach kids about pet care and doing career day talks with her owner/handler Kerry Hall who has been with HRHC since 2010 and is the Therapy Manager. They also enjoy volunteering their time to speak to church groups and other civic organizations. To inquire more about the Pet Therapy Program or to have Abby and Kerry speak to your group, call 1-800-HOMECARE.
Hi! My name is Brook. I love being a therapy dog because I really like people and it is fun to spend time with special friends. If you say “Hello” to me, I will shake hands with you! I am a Shetland Sheepdog, also known as a “Sheltie.” My breed is a herding dog. I learned how to herd sheep when I was a puppy. It was fun bossing the sheep around. My mom thinks I’m a pretty smart guy. I can sit, and stay, and walk on a leash. Did I tell you that I like to have my picture taken? I love agility. I get to leap over jumps, run through tunnels and weave through poles. It is lots of fun! Most of all, I am a very fun dog.
India Chandler attends Lander University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She joined Health Related Home Care in 2015 as a CNA to specialize in Pet Therapy. She chose HRHC because of the reputation of the facility and staff who show great love and care for all their patients. India wishes to continue with her career and be a part of a family where she can help as many individuals with their health needs and pets are a great love of hers as well. In her spare time India enjoys spending time with her family, husband and young son, JB.