Residents at a Worcester based nursing home have made friends with a curly haired Bedlington Terrier following weekly visits from Pets as Therapy.
Rosie the therapy dog bounces into Severn Heights nursing home in Callow End each week with her helper Antonia to provide comfort and companionship to all that live there.
Susan Jones, Nursing Home Manager, commented: “Our residents faces light up each time that Rosie comes through the door and they always express how grateful they are to Antonia when she comes in.
“We’ve noticed a real difference in the way that our residents interact. For some it’s given them a feeling of responsibility towards Rosie and they relax when they’re around her. Dogs have a particular talent for engaging individuals and Rosie is a master at bringing a smile to everyone’s face.”
Animal therapy has been shown to help elderly people with a range of physical and mental conditions to increase enjoyment and engage in games with both the animal and other people. Animals have also been shown to improve cognitive functioning, balance emotional concerns and increase feelings of happiness amongst the elderly.
PAT volunteers visit hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues with their beloved animals.