Beebe Healthcare announced this week that pet therapy is now being offered to patients at Tunnell Cancer Center and Beebe Outpatient Surgery Center on Route 24 near Rehoboth Beach.
Beebe Healthcare offers pet therapy for patients, visitors and team members. The alternative therapy, representatives said, has been shown to decrease blood pressure and improve even short hospital visits for patients and visitors. In addition, having a dog visit team members has been shown to greatly reduce stress, they said.
Beebe is working with PAWS for People, a Wilmington-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) pet therapy organization that recruits, trains, certifies and places therapy teams in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The PAWS organization helps coordinate teams at more than 130 locations, which now includes Beebe Healthcare in Lewes and Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center near Rehoboth Beach.
All of the dogs and handlers have gone through specific training courses for healthcare visitations.
For more information on pet therapy at Beebe, contact Lee Halloran at (302) 645-3531. For more information on Paws for People, go to www.pawsforpeople.org.