Elkhorn, NE: Our Therapy Dog


Our beautiful therapy dog, Sylvia, was hit by a car on Tuesday May 28th. She is currently stable and resting from yesterday’s 6-hour surgery. It is anticipated that Sylvia’s rehabilitation will be a long road, but we are optimistic about her recovery! The Brookestone Meadows and Select Rehabilitation Families have pulled together to support Sylvia and her mom, our amazing Occupational Therapist, Staci. If you would like to see updates about how she is doing, they are being shared on Facebook which can be accessed through Brookestone Meadows Facebook page.

February 18th Sylvia was featured in our Meet the Team Monday Facebook Post. She is a valuable member of our team for the residents and our staff!

Meet the team Monday: Sylvia is 5 years old and started working at Brookestone Meadows 4 years ago. When she was a puppy she was very timid and shy and her Vet suggested her Mom, Staci Slater, bring her to work. Sylvia naturally gravitated towards people with walkers and in wheelchairs. As a result, she made her position at Brookestone Meadows permanent. Staci says “Coming here gives her purpose in her day and she is a way better dog because of her job here”. Residents don’t feel like they are doing therapy when they are throwing the ball for her, brushing her, walking her, filling her water bowl or going outside for a stroll.

The amazing thing about her is she works very well with people with both high and low level abilities. People that may rarely speak will communicate with her when she is around. She also helps families having tough conversations in care plan meetings. Sylvia brings the staff and residents together giving them a common focus. She has completely spoiled the staff and knows where all the treats are in the building.

What we love about Sylvia is that she brings a sense of calm and joy to everyone at Brookestone Meadows. She gives her heart fully and effortlessly and we know we are better because of her too.

Serving-We succeed by focusing our attention and energies on anticipating and exceeding people’s expectations. Our actions are driven by a “Yes, I Can” attitude and the commitment that we are “Family Serving Family.”

Submitted by Michele Magner, Public Relations Coordinator

Brookestone Meadows, Elkhorn, Nebraska