Animals as Therapy

As care specialists, the team at Portland Nursing Home know how much of a positive effect that animal therapy can have on those living with dementia.

Animals bring a real sense of purpose into the lives of elderly people. They can also give a significant boost to their health and wellbeing. A much-loved animal can be an effective antidote to loneliness, which can be one of the most destructive aspects of life as we age.

We often invite our four-legged friends to our home to engage with our residents. This is because they can provide many benefits to residents: 

Improving mood

To date, there have been many studies on how being around animals can benefit individuals by improving their mood and reduce the risk of developing depression.

In other studies, evidence has been revealed to show that dogs, in particular, can decrease anxious feelings, sadness and boost physical activity levels.

In nursing homes that welcome furry friends, there has been a noticeable calming effect a reduced blood pressure levels. 

Decrease behavioural problems

Animals who are residents in nursing homes also boast benefits. A study on a dog living at a home has found that their presence led to a reduced level of challenging behaviour. Aggression and agitation have also been noticeably reduced. 

Increased social and physical activity

An increase in interaction between residents of nursing homes was also noticed as a result of animal-assisted therapy. In addition, the presence of animals has been seen to encourage individuals to take part in physical activity. This benefits not only their mental wellbeing but also their fitness. 

If you want to discover more about how our care could benefit you or a loved one, get in touch. Leave a message via our contact form or give us a call on 01298 23040 and a member of the team will be available to chat through any questions or queries. 

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