Gertrude Burkholder, 89, spends time with Droopy at Lexington Court Care Center. Nursing home staff say pets help make transition easier, especially for those who have not cared for pets in many years. / Dave Polcyn/CentralOhio.comby firstname.lastname@example.org.Whether you’re a two- or four-legged visitor, you’re welcome at Lexington Court Care Center.
“I have a lady who brings in her dog every Wednesday,” said activities director Brenda Workman. “The residents love it, even the ones who aren’t really awake. They know to pet them.
“I honestly can’t imagine not letting them come. When you get older, animals are very important to people, and the animals are very receptive to it, too. We love to see animals come in.”
Dr. Abel Hittinger, of Appleseed Valley Veterinary Hospitals in Lexington and Bellville, said pets restore a home value for those in nursing care facilities...Continue reading...