Therapy Dog Program at Butler Health System
At Butler Health System (BHS), we promote a healing environment with services
designed to aid patient recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves
the best care, and at Butler Memorial Hospital we settle for nothing less.
Prioritizing your recovery is a hallmark of our work. We take advantage
of unique opportunities and programs to add to the patient experience
and to enrich the recovery and healing journey of those we serve.
The therapy dog program at Butler Health System is an example of this "above
and beyond” standard of care. Our therapy dogs provide patients
a compassionate presence for our patients, and one of unconditional love.
Our goal is to increase the emotional well-being of our patients and to
promote the healing process. Therapy dogs in this program visit patients
every third Thursday of the month. If you have questions or would like
more information, please contact BHS to learn more.
Benefits of Therapy Dogs
Studies have shown that therapy animals can benefit patients both physically
and mentally, with results that include:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved heart health
- Reduced pain
- Increased relaxation, which may lower the need for medication in some patients
- Increase of calming endorphins/oxytocin
- Reduced boredom, depression, anxiety, and feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Increased socialization
- Motivation to recover
- Encouraging communication
- Helping children overcome disorders that affect emotion and/or speech