It has been documented through studies that pets impact patients in many ways, such as:
- Decreasing stress, anxiety and pain
- Lowering blood pressure
- Increasing social interaction
OSF Hospice staff members can attest to this. A recent patient at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home had not responded to anyone verbally or physically in months.
A volunteer came by with a pet companion, and the patient's daughter asked that the dog be placed on the bed beside her mother. Once the dog was brought to her side, the patient gently moved her hand to pat the dog's head, and she also responded with a smile.
Our patients and their families enjoy - and anticipate the return of - our pet companions, who bring joy everywhere they go.
Meet the Pet Companion Team
Click on a companion's photo below to learn more about them.
We also have a Pet Companion Team at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. Click here to meet the team.