The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program brings joy and comfort to the sick, lonely and those in need of a friendly visit. Therapy dogs are regular visitors in each of the County Homes. The four-legged friends bring smiles to many faces as they walk through the halls stopping to say hello to anyone who would like to visit. Therapy Dog Program volunteers report great satisfaction and sense of contribution from bringing joy and comfort to those they visit with their four-legged family member.
Using music intervention, can provide an immediate improvement in quality of life for people living with dementia. The Mindful Music program is designed to provide personalized music intervention to stimulate the client’s memory, provide meaningful engagement through auditory stimulation, and support self-expression and identity. The playlist is designed based on the client’s current and past musical interests with the input of not only the client, but caregivers and care partners as well. Volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Society offer this program to the elders residing in the Community.
“We believe in compassionate care, service excellence, dignity and choice and accountability. We want the best care possible while being good stewards of public money. As people caring for people, our services are provided by the community in the community for the community.”