Edinburgh care home residents benefit from innovative animal therapy sessions

Camilla House's 'therapet', Kitty Collie
Camilla House’s ‘therapet’, Kitty Collie

Residents of Camilla House Care Home have welcomed through their doors a cuddly canine, who now provides daily pet therapy sessions.


The trained ‘Therapet’, Kitty Collie, is a ten year old Border Collie. She is the excitable and well-trained companion of Camilla House’s new Activities Coordinator, Callum O’Donnell. Kitty has brought much joy to residents during the therapy sessions, who delight in petting and cuddling her.


The Therapet programme trains animals to promote health and happiness through animal assisted therapy.


Pet therapy is particularly beneficial for people living with dementia. It is believed to improve moods and have a calming effect, as well as rekindling fond memories. The therapy aids reminiscence and communications for people living with dementia, helping to induce positive memories.


Camilla House Care Home is part of Embrace, providing tailored care and support for older people. The home provides person-centred care identifying people’s goals and ambitions and focusing on enablement and the promotion of personal dignity.


Callum O’Donnell, Activities Coordinator at Camilla House said:


“Kitty Collie is a welcome addition to the Camilla House family. She loves being petted by residents, and the residents thoroughly enjoy having her around.


She is very well behaved, and I will certainly be bringing her back for plenty more Therapet sessions in the future!”


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