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The Comfort of a Hug Page 2


If you have a dog (or maybe even a cat) check with the local nursing homes and see if they will allow you to bring the animal to visit with the residents. There are very strict rules about this - that include bathing the animal (some people are allergic & germs are also a consideration). There is something about looking into an animal's eyes that can melt away great sorrow.

If you have elderly neighbors, get to know them, create a community of caring right where you are. You can do this. We all can do this.

Linda J. Austin writes from experience as a nursing assistance and a family caregiver. "When I was assigned my first hospice case, I found my place in life." Retired from several careers, Linda is studying creative art therapy.