People-Friendly Animals Visit with Residents in Front Parking Area Outside

 Bon Secours Community Hospital

PORT JERVIS, NY  – (June 13) On Wednesday, June 11, residents of St. Joseph’s Place, a long-term care facility at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, had an opportunity to pet, handle and feed gentle people-friendly animals. Later that afternoon, they reassembled in the facility’s dining room for a carnival featuring games and refreshments.

The off-site petting zoo was provided by Country Ark Farm, a non-profit organization located in Milford, Pennsylvania. Founder Donna Ciancitto and her daughter Rebecca brought along a variety of animals from their 26-acre farm that ranged from African pygmy goats and an Oriental Silkie chicken to a 25 pound African Spur tortoise. The residents especially enjoyed feeding bottled milk to the goats who appeared to have an insatiable thirst.

“Pet and other recreational therapies including games and entertainment have an important value in long term care at St. Joseph’s Place,” said Recreational Director Amy Barra, “They are essential to the quality of life and the quality of care for individuals receiving health and human services.”

St. Joseph’s Place long-term care at Bon Secours Community Hospital is a 46-bed skilled nursing facility that provides professional care in an interdisciplinary approach to meeting the medical, personal, spiritual and social needs of each of its residents.

Nursing Home Compare, a useful tool for consumers available on the official United States Government Website for Medicare, has awarded St. Joseph’s Place its highest “much above average” five-star rating in overall quality.

Residents are encouraged to participate in a wide array of activities including gardening, games, music, arts and crafts, education, and fitness programs. They also enjoy group day trips and outings to local restaurants. In addition, many local groups and organizations regularly visit St. Joseph’s Place and help to keep residents involved and in touch with their community.

St. Joseph’s Place is located on the first floor of Bon Secours Community Hospital, 160 E. Main St., providing residents with easy, ready access to the hospital’s medical facilities and staff.

In addition to quality long term care services, St. Joseph’s Place also offers long term and short term rehabilitation, tracheotomy care, head trauma care, respiratory care, and psychological services in a comfortable setting that residents can call “home.”