Home-based treatment is more likely to help with remission from depression, greater quality of life improvements, and greater gains in functional well-being and emotional well-being (Singer 2018). Additionally, spending time with people who exhibit healthy habits may reinforce healthy behaviors, improve access to health-related information, better nutrition, more physical activity, transportation to health care providers, and even increase financial resources. All of these factors lead to a decrease in depression symptoms. Third, There is an increasing amount of evidence that pets, especially dogs and cats, are associated with health benefits and reduced mortality (Singer 2018).
Thus, my community level prevention idea is to create a program for home visitors for people living with depression that would also incorporate therapy animals.