The CARe (Canine Assisted Rehabilitation) therapy program was initially developed initially to work with therapists at AMITA’s Paulson Pediatric Outpatient facility. A therapist would have achievable goals for the session and would incorporate the therapy animal into achieve those goals. Areas addressed include work on sensory issues, motor skills, eye contact, speech therapy. Our partnership with AMITA Health has expanded to include inpatient visits to Hinsdale, La Grange and Bolingbrook campus.The hospital units we visit include Labor & Delivery, Peds, Post-Surgical, Rehab, and group settings with teen, adult, and older adult behavioral health issues. Teams also interact with hospital staff and are often welcomed into surgical waiting areas. With some additional training, teams are invited to into work with AMITA’s St. Thomas Hospice. We have teams visiting hospice patients and also participate in programs with their Bereavement Group.
Note that the CARe program is limited to dogs only for inpatient visits. By special permission, cats and guinea pigs participate in outpatient therapy and hospice visits. We encourage you to join our team as a CARe volunteer.