Galya, (pronounced Gal-ya) is a 2 year old yellow Labrador retriever, weighing 55 pounds. She came to Gaylord Hospital in September 2015. Galya was raised and trained at a exclusive facility that places working facility dogs with patients or healthcare providers. After a rigorous interview process with Heather Hancort, RN, Gaylord’s handler, Galya was the dog chosen to be placed with Heather and to be Gaylord’s newest employee, serving the Rehabilitation Division.
Galya’s handler helps determine which patients would benefit from having her as part of their therapy program. Our therapists can incorporate fine and gross motor skills into a session with Galya. From throwing an object for retrieval, to petting Galya’s head, patients recovering from brain and spinal cord injuries have the opportunity to interact with the therapy dog.
Research has shown that animal-assisted therapy can help healing and lessen depression and fatigue. Dogs especially help people recover from or better cope with traumatic injuries. Visits are usually 10-15 minutes at a time. Many times the patient and their family members are found smiling following Galya’s visit.
Benefits of participating in Gaylord’s dog therapy program:
- Reduced anxiety and depression
- Reduced pain and fatigue
- Increased optimism
- Increased interest in therapy activities
- Positive outlook on the future
For more information or to request a visit from Galya contact:
Heather Hancort RN, BSN, CRRN Rehabilitation Nurse Manager Gaylord Hospital 50 Gaylord Farm Road Wallingford, CT 06492 Phone: (203) 949-2174