Pet therapy put a smile on residents’ faces
With 21 days until Christmas, here’s the 4th of our Winter Warmers, featuring some fantastic furry friends.
Studies have shown that interacting with animals can be physically and mentally beneficial for people of all ages. In older people, animals can draw them out of their shell, provide mild activity through walking and grooming and offer a way to feel needed and connected with the world (Aging in Place).
That’s why we often organise for animals of all shapes and sizes to come and visit residents, such as in our homes below:
Kilburn Care Home in Derbyshire had the pleasure of a visit from Lollipop and Tinkerbell, two Shetland ponies.
Parrots visited Mahon Hall Care Home in Northern Ireland where the residents loved their feathery friends.
Residents at Woodview Care Home near Lincoln faced their fears and got up close with snakes, lizards, a skunk and even a tarantula, thanks to a visit from Animals UK.
Pepe the Pug and Boris the Bulldog visit Brimington Care Home in Chesterfield every month where the residents look forward to seeing them.
Residents gather in the garden to see two gorgeous horses - Forest and Emilie - at Ladyville Lodge Care Home.
Some of our homes also have their own communal pets that live there full-time, such as bunnies Flip and Flop at Meadowbrook Care Home in Oswestry, so residents can stroke and hold them whenever they like.
When possible we also consider options for residents to bring their own pets to the home so they can stay together, while ensuing everyone in the home is happy and safe. Hear Harvey and Teddy’s story below at The Regency care home in Manchester.
If it’s not possible to have a real animal, technology can help, particularly for people with Alzhiemer’s. Companion Pets provide an alternative to real animals with furry robotic pets that look and feel realistic and even mimic breathing!
Evidence has shown that spending time with Companion Pets can have a positive impact on isolation, loneliness, and cognitive decline. That’s why Benarty View care home in Fife has purchased a cat and dog for each lounge where residents have been making them very welcome.
Date published: 4 December 2018
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