Visiting the hospital

My grandma has been in Vancouver General Hospital for a few weeks now, since September 17. Once she was in her own private room, I was allowed to bring Milka. Here he is, visiting at VGH. And there are a few pics of Milka and my grandma before she went into the hospital.

 Physical health benefits of pet visits:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • improves cardiovascular health
  • releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect
  • diminishes overall physical pain
  • the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response, reducing the amount of medication some folks need

 Mental health benefits of pet visits:

  • lifts spirits and lessens depression
  • decreases feelings of isolation and alienation
  • encourages communication
  • provides comfort
  • increases socialization
  • reduces boredom
  • lowers anxiety
  • creates motivation for patients to recover faster
  • reduces loneliness

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1 Response to Visiting the hospital

  1. Kia says:

    Aw, hope she gets well soon. I’m sure she loved the visit from Milka and of course you!

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