NHK WORLD PRIME Features Canine Companionship in Special Nursing Care Facility

In a heartwarming feature by NHK WORLD-JAPAN, a special nursing care facility in Yokosuka, Japan, offers a unique living arrangement where elderly residents can cohabitate with their beloved pet dogs. The facility is home to a special wing where dogs and humans share intimate moments of their daily lives, including an end-of-life care dog named Boompuku, who provides comfort to residents approaching death. The video explores the deep bonds formed between the residents and their canine companions, showcasing how these relationships enrich the lives of those in their twilight years, especially amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The nursing home in Yokosuka allows residents to live with their pet dogs, with a capacity of up to five dogs.
  • Boompuku, an end-of-life care dog, comforts residents nearing death, becoming a part of their families.
  • Residents have diverse backgrounds, including a former manager of a Japanese sweet shop and a typist for the maritime self-defense forces.
  • The facility’s dog-friendly wing was established about 10 years ago, inspired by the bonding between residents and animals.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic brought significant changes, restricting outside trips and limiting family visits to once a month.
  • Despite the pandemic, the facility arranged for safe indoor activities, like cherry blossom viewing in the nursing home’s garden.
  • Death is a natural part of life at the home, with both residents and dogs passing away, but the community continues to support each other.
  • New canine residents are introduced, including a dog named Nana, but challenges arise when Nana has to be temporarily removed after biting her owner.
  • As the seasons change, the residents and their dogs continue to grow old together, finding solace and joy in each other’s company.

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