A ‘paws’ in the weekly routine for care home residents
Animal loving pensioners at a city centre care home have been enjoying pet therapy sessions for more than a decade, thanks to dedicated staff and resident pup, Sophie.
Staff at Belleville Lodge in Edinburgh recognised how much joy and comfort the sessions brought to their elderly residents and made the decision to ensure they could continue throughout the pandemic.
During the sessions, residents reminisce about their pets over the years, cuddle up with Sophie, the resident West Highland terrier, and look at pictures of animals and nature, while sharing stories in small groups.
The carers have found pet therapy has amazing benefits for residents with and without dementia, from increased mood and social interaction to improved nutrition and physical activity. It’s also a fun activity for residents who can share their pet histories and find out interesting facts about different animals.