CANTON, Ohio — The Stark County Sheriff’s Office is making sure no one is left behind while the community practices social distancing. On Wednesday, deputies brought their K-9 unit out to the Allay Memory Care Senior Center in Canton.
Since Gov. Mike DeWine announced in early March visitors would be restricted from visiting to nursing homes and assisted living facilities, many seniors have only had contact with someone via phone or window visitation.
“This restriction has been especially difficult on those with dementia and cognitive impairment that thrive on routine and social interaction,” said Melissa Redd, Admissions Director with Allay Senior Care in Canton, in a Facebook post.
Sergeant Mike Greene and K-9 Mylo along with Deputy Sherri Humes and K-9 Chase made the trip to the center, visiting seniors through their window.
The presence of the four-legged visitors brought a much-needed smile to every resident.
“Our guests and staff are so thankful for our visit from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and their K-9 unit,” said Redd. “The isolation caused by the coronavirus has been extremely hard on our guests that have not been able to enjoy in-person visits from family and friends. It was so wonderful to see everyone’s faces light up when the beautiful dogs came up to their windows. The support of our community has been amazing.”