I recently made a few visits an animal shelter, and was happy to see that they have volunteers who regularly come in to be sure that each animal gets 20 minutes of one-on-one time. They spend this time petting, talking to the pet, and holding them. This time is logged, before moving on to the next animal.
I wonder why they don't have equal time, enough volunteers, in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities to spend one-on-one time with the lonely, confused, and sometimes frightened elderly and sick. They need comfort and love, too. Simple things, like reading to them, taking them for a walk, and holding their hands go a long way.