Our favourite therapy dogs reported back to work this Chinese New Year on 3 February, after a 2-year hiatus due to Covid-19 measures! As of 31 May, our 5 volunteer therapy dogs have brought joy to patients and caregivers through 222 interactions. When dog therapy first resumed in February, our therapy dogs could only visit one patient per visit to Assisi Hospice, with an interval of at least 7 days between visits. With the more relaxed measures, our therapy dogs can now visit multiple patients per visit.
From April this year, our inpatients could gather in groups for physiotherapy, occupational, music and art therapy sessions. These group therapy sessions for inpatients were previously suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our music therapist Tammy Lim said, “Group music therapy sessions provide opportunity for social interaction, and enable patients to re-experience a concert like atmosphere. Being out of the room and together with other human beings bring a sense of togetherness and belonging.”