Animal Assisted Therapy
OSF Saint Elizabeth is proud to offer Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT). Our PAT animals have been trained and are certified through Therapy Dogs International .
Pet Assisted Therapy can:
- Reduce signs and symptoms of an illness,
- Promote social interactions with peers and animals,
- Demonstrate empathy and responsibility.
There have been several studies that show how physical contact with a pet can:
- Reduce blood pressure,
- Increase self esteem,
- Reduce anxiety and depression.
For more information, please contact Michelle Carson, CTRS at (815) 431-5588.