Pat dog therapy is helping patients rehabilitate following a stroke at Eastbourne District General Hospital. Bella, a Bichon-Frise, is regularly visiting the Stroke ward and having a positive effect on stroke survivors has they interact with her.
Stroke Unit Matron Donna Bloodworth said, “Research has suggested that introducing a companion animal into the therapy session can result in patients feeling more at ease, more communicative and motivated to engage in therapy. With a dog like Bella patients have a unique to relearn everyday skills, improve their language skills, increased their attention span or to increase awareness of sensation and body position.”
Bella’s owner Barry Coase said, “Bella is a loving and sociable little dog who exudes warmth and a love for anyone she comes into contact with. She was accepted by the Pets as Therapy Service, a voluntary group who bring comfort and companionship to many individuals who appreciate being able to touch and stroke friendly animals.
“Bella’s has been successful in demonstrating her ability to adapt to every situation with a composed and therapeutic quality. It has indeed been a privilege to see the reaction of patients and staff within the hospital; all of whom seem to enjoy her warm and gentle character.”
Bella was rescued from the Bichon-Frise rescue service when she was only 20 weeks old. Over several months of time, patience and a lot of love, Bella was able to overcome her timid nature and gradually developed into a loving and sociable little dog who exuded warmth and a love for anyone she came into contact with. Through the Pets as Therapy Service many benefit from her lovely qualities.