There are many therapy dogs in hospital programs that have had positively impacted patients. At Dogs Connect, we have built a unique program to provide emotional support to caregivers. We want to ensure the entire community experiences the benefits of bringing a wellbeing dog into the hospital.
How do wellbeing dogs help in hospitals?
Hospitals can be stressful and intense places for both patients and caregivers. The purpose of the wellbeing dog is to connect with caregivers. They can offer moments of uplift, lightness, and connection throughout the long days and nights. The flow-on effects can be seen with patients receiving better care from staff who have had a moment of release from their stressful job.
Having dogs in hospitals can help:
Calm anxious healthcare workers
Evidence shows that just by being near a dog when stressed can reduce anxiety, lower the heart rate and blood pressure. The calming presence of a wellbeing dog can provide a welcome distraction during a difficult and long shift.
We know that caregivers are on the front line and are at risk of compassion burnout and fatigue. With a dedicated wellbeing dog in hospital, caregivers can decompress with some animal therapy before heading back to their patients. By introducing such an innovative program, workplace culture often improves which reduces absenteeism and ensures better care for patients.
Deal with trauma
Healthcare workers sometimes have to deal with incredibly traumatic moments daily. Our programs help you learn about how trauma can affect you, your family and colleagues. We support by combining interactions with your wellbeing dog with professional learning that will help develop strategies for managing theses stresses.