GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― They're small and cute with fuzzy manes and click-clacking hooves, but perhaps most importantly, miniature horses are now helping patients recover from illnesses and injuries at Shands Rehab Hospital. Training sessions with Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses are the newest form of therapy at the hospital and have become a staple for patients on Wednesday afternoons.
"No one plans to go to rehab," said Andrea Gilbert, a Shands staff occupational therapist. "Life threw a curveball, and now everything is hard. But the horses give (our patients) a reason to smile."
An activity session entails a horse and a person working together to achieve similar goals. The pair practices walking over different surfaces, going up and down stairs, and working on focus and balance skills.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.