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A pet walk for dementia care

MAY 18, 2009

Proceeds of the Sat., May 30 walk to benefit Lakeview residents

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL-COKATO, MN - Because pets are such an integral part of the Lakeview Ranch’s model of care, pets and their owners are invited to participate in a pet walk Saturday, May 30.

The Dementia Care Foundation is looking for walkers and sponsors for its first annual Dementia Care Foundation Pet Walk to help subsidize costs for care at Lakeview Ranch.

Net profits from the walk will go toward a scholarship fund for people on medical assistance receiving specialized dementia care at the Lakeview Ranch in either Dassel or Darwin, according to Judy Berry, president and CEO.

According to Berry, only two-thirds of a resident’s care who is on medical assistance is actually paid for.

Instead of limiting care to basic needs, the scholarship fund covers for the gap. This assures all residents at Lakeview Ranch receive high quality specialized dementia care, Berry explained.

Specialized care can include personalized individual care from experienced caregivers so that the resident’s emotional and spiritual needs are met, in addition to the physical needs, Berry explained.

Beginning at the Dassel-Cokato High School parking lot, walkers can walk with their pets along the bike/walking path in either direction from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Since pet therapy is such a large part of Lakeview’s model of care, Berry wanted to incorporate the animals into an annual fundraising event where community members can bring their own companion pets, as well.

“It’s a fun way to utilize the animals,” Berry said.

Some of the animals used in pet therapy are donkeys, dogs, rabbits, goats, miniature horses, and more.

Berry recently got back from Florida, where she picked up two donated miniature horses.

These horses are “extremely socialized animals and very people-oriented,” Berry said.

They even shake hooves, she added.

The grand marshals for the pet walk are Senator Steve Dille (R-Dassel) and State Representative Dean Urdahl (R-Grove City).

Both Dille and Urdahl know of the Lakeview Ranch and the Dementia Care Foundation and are supportive of the two, Berry said.

Walkers who raise at least $50 in pledges will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

Since the Dementia Care Foundation is a non-profit (501(c)(3) public charity), all donations are tax-deductible.

To sponsor a walker online or to print a pledge form, go to www.dementiacarefoundation.org or call (800) 546-5175.


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