Nursing home advocates push for pets for residents
Animal experts say having a pet is good for you. They give you unconditional love, and can help you overcome sadness. That's some of the reasoning behind a push in Arkansas to provide nursing home residents with adopted dogs to live with them in the home. The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Arkansas Innovative Performance Program are encouraging other homes to bring in permanent pets. Steve Shuler, with Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, introduced us to Buddy at a symposium on changing the culture of nursing homes in Arkansas. "Buddy is a resident dog with the Ozark Health Nursing and Rehab center in Clinton and basically he lives there full time and he just helps bring joy to the residents and staff there. Really, having a dog in a facility like that just makes it more of a home, you know," Shuler said.