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December 2015/No. 39

The power of pet therapy

The Post-Acute Care Center at the Hebrew Home has more than 53 skilled therapists of the human variety. We also have warm and furry therapists of the canine sort who play an important role in helping patients succeed on the road to recovery and return home. Ann Matesi, executive director of Therapy, says the innovative pet therapy program “dramatically boosts motivation, and makes therapy fun, real-life, and definitely more exciting.” The program began in 2014 when Amber Moore, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist, sought a way to engage and lift the spirits of long-term care residents. She turned to Hero Dogs, Inc., an organization that trains service dogs to provide specialized assistance and companionship to US veterans. Almost immediately, Moore noticed

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4 Music for the soul

8 Making Shabbat special

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