March 21, 2017 - News
Many visitors, patients and their families have been introduced or encountered a little shih-tzu at our facility. Coco (named after Coco Chanel) is our pet therapy dog at Tully Hill. She was born on July 1, 2010. Our Executive Director, Cathy L. Palm is her owner.
Coco had some big paws to fill as many remember Seaweed, also a shih-tzu and previous pet therapy dog. Seaweed served Tully Hill from 1997 until her passing in 2010. A framed photo of Seaweed is located in our Admissions Hallway just off the Great Room.
Cathy Palm believes it is important for our patients to interact with Coco and has often told patients that they get to adopt Coco while at our facility and are missing their own pet(s). Coco never shies from putting in a full day with patients and staff, as she begins her work day at Tully Hill around 7:30 a.m. and rarely if ever but leaves before 6 p.m. with her owner.
A large part of Coco’s immeasurable value is that she offers unconditional love to staff and patients. Interaction with Coco often lifts spirits and lessens depression, decreases feelings of isolation and alienation, encourages communication, provides comfort, increases socialization, reduces boredom, lowers anxiety and reduces loneliness. Interaction with her can also help to calm patients and possibly even lower blood pressure.
Without question, Coco enhances the treatment experience at Tully Hill.