We are visiting people who have dementia. We are doing this with animals. Like rabbits and dogs. Do you have tips for us ? Thank you – Lisa and Ilse

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That’s great, guys! Residents LOVE animals–or at least most of them do.

– Find out who absolutely loves animals but also find out who hates them/is afraid of them
– Find out what the community requires from you ahead of time (paperwork, vaccination records?)
– Ask the activity director to get the residents together in a room to make it easier on you. That way you can spend the most amount of time with the residents and less looking for them!

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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