Our visit today was down in the ‘smoke’. Down past the Marion shopping centre. Luckily I have a GPS in the car, although as I think about it, I am going to have to raise the volume of the voice, because I can’t hear when to turn, and I don’t like watching the GPS when I am in traffic.
Anyway, we had a return visit to Glengowrie Nursing Home. The Lifestyle coordinator here is the one that also works at Cottage Grove, and she wants us back at Cottage Grove. I don’t know if it is the new handler or the dog, but Rassilon is missed, and they want him back.
We had a good day today. We saw most of the people we were supposed to see, plus a few that were not on the list. And as is the case in most nursing homes, we sat and talked to some of the residents, and, while Rassilon wasn’t being patted, he made the people feel relaxed, because he could just lay down for a sleep. Although Rassilon was a little bit unsure of his surroundings, as it has been a while since he was there, he did well, and went straight up to people.
Being a therapy dog handler is a tricky thing. While the dog is the main part of the team, many times the handler needs to interact with the people being visited, so being ABLE to relate to people in different circumstances is IMPORTANT. In 2 weeks Rassilon and I went to a hospital with aged patients and dementia sufferers, we went to a school with young people, a nursing home and an establishment for people with mental health issues.
Maybe it’s my age, ot the fact that I worked in a hospital and had to deal with people with different health complaints, but I am able to relate to most people, which is strange because I am not really a sociable person. I prefer to be at home alone with Rassilon. I do know my age is a help, because I have had time to learn a lot and meet people from all walks of life, and I can use their, and my own, experiences, to help talk to people.
Anyway, I find therapy visitation very rewarding work, plus the biggest benefit, I get to work with Rassilon, and I get to talk about greyhounds and greyhound adoption.