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   Posted 8/22/2008 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
My mother has been in a nursing home for almost 3 years from when she developed dimentia. It now turns out that it is Lewy Bodies causing her failings. Have an amazon parrot that I used to take over to the home to visit the patients. Problem was that the bird was likely to bite so had little interaction with patients. Solved the problem by getting a hand-raised parakeet to take on visits. The bird is a real conversation piece. She's bright yellow and green and has the personality of a true saint. The patients love seeing her and they are able to hold and pet the bird. Works great! Very often the patients don't hold her, but she brings up lots of memories about birds or pets they knew in their youth. Yesterday one older gentleman and his daughters were telling me about JoJo, their parakeet. Another woman recounted her visiting with her grandmother's birds. I am quite taken with the bird myself. Someone advised me to call the bird a therakeet! We make rounds with wipes and hand sanitizer. Sometimes it's the little things that bring a lot of cheer. linda

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Aww that is so sweet! How thoughtful of you to bring your little friend to see the other residents :) I have a Conure myself but I wished I could bring him places. He's a total momma's bird and won't have anything to do with anyone else.
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   Posted 9/1/2008 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   


What a great story and thank you for sharing.  For awhile when My granddaughters were younger like 8 and 10 years old they did pet therapy at the Nursing home.  They had a very gentle standard poodle and they took her once a week. The residents would be waiting to see her.

My daughter also has a Amazon Gray named Jazzy Bird but he likes to lure you in and than bite you finger.  He also talks and whistles so he does not go visiting.

Pet therapy is a wonderful thing.




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   Posted 9/2/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you both for your kind comments regarding the therakeet! i find taking this little bird picks up my spirits as well as pleasing the patients. especially like how they light up when sharing memories about pets/birds they have had. linda
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