first_imgTHERE were heartbreaking scenes in the village of St Johnston today as hundreds and hundreds of mourners paid their respects at the funeral of popular local man Oisin Crawford, the man killed after taking ecstasy on Monday.The 22-year-old was one of five people affected by a dangerous drug being sold in the county.St Baithin’s Church in the village was packed to overflowing as they heard Monsignor Dan Carr plead with young people to stay away from drugs. “I would like to give a message today to our young people and the message is very simple – keep away from drugs,” said the priest at the end of the Mass.“Do not experiment with them; they are highly dangerous. Keep away from alcohol because alcohol is the first step towards drugs.”Monsignor Carr described how Oisin loved working with his father Seamus at the family tyre business in Raphoe.He loved stock car racing and got on with his dad more like two brothers than a father and son. The priest said he hoped the Crawford family did not feel alone at this time because of how the community in the area had come together to support them at this difficult time.Oisin was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, the cortege led there by a lone piper – with a guard of honour from his former school Deele College lining the route. HEARTBREAKING SCENES AS TRAGIC OISIN IS LAID TO REST was last modified: May 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drugs deathEcstasyfuneralOisin CrawfordSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Extending a paw to geriatric patients

first_imgThere are good hires, and then there are great hires. Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center recently made four great hires when it gave full-time jobs to mental health recreation therapist aLora Bernardi Saavedra and a trio of therapy dogs, who were laid off last year when Northridge Hospital Medical Center”s Sherman Way campus closed its doors. “Medicine can only do so much, and these dogs are doing the rest,” says Penni Faul, charge nurse of the geriatric psych unit at the Tarzana hospital. “The whole unit is absolutely a more cheerful place since they started working here. The patients are much calmer and respond to everything better when the dogs are around.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The patients may refuse the staff”s encouragement to attend activities, Saavedra said, but they can”t seem to resist the opportunity to interact with Kelsey, 12, Nikki, 10, and Buddy, 5. You just have to look down the hallway at the woman in the wheelchair to see what she”s talking about. The woman suffers from severe dementia, was frequently agitated and hadn”t spoken in months. Then Buddy walked in her room. “Delilah,” she called, smiling and beginning to cry. “In her mind, Buddy was Delilah, her beloved, deceased pet,” Saavedra said. “She couldn”t reach out to people, but she could to her pet. She gave Buddy a big hug.” Every day now, the woman takes Buddy/Delilah for a walk in the hallway, smiling and having a great time. “Her family is so pleased to see Mom reacting this way instead of being depressed and agitated all the time. Buddy brought her out of her shell.” And he did it because he and his canine buddies were great hires. People and medicine can only do so much. Encino-Tarzana is one of the few hospitals in Los Angeles that employs full-time therapy dogs. While Saavedra gets the paycheck and benefits, Buddy, Kelsey and Nikki get the luxury of being pampered 40 hours a week. “Many hospitals have therapy dogs visit patients once or twice a month,” Faul said. “Our dogs visit them almost every day. “The difference here is our patients form a close, loving relationship with them. You can”t do that when you only see them once a month.” On their breaks, Buddy, Kelsey, and Nikki wander into other areas of the hospital, poking their noses in patients” rooms to see if anyone needs a pick-me-up. “Everybody wants to spend time with them, especially the staff,” Faul says. People tend to forget, but it”s a tough job to connect with geriatric patients suffering from dementia, and trying to make their lives as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. That”s why the staff was so happy in June when word spread through the 24-bed unit that Buddy, Kelsey and Nikki were coming to the rescue. Because medicine can only do so much. Dennis McCarthy”s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more