Pet interaction for Parkview residents
‘We have a few pets at the home including cats, goldfish and guinea pigs and we were all really keen to introduce another pet to join the family. When Jo started to bring Rosie into the home she was so popular with our residents it made sense to see if we could look at other options with this. Rosie is now part of the Parkview family and visits during the day and goes home with Jo after each shift, which works really well and the residents love her’.
Researchers have long suggested that pets are good for us even offering health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and heart rate, reducing the stress hormone cortisol, and boosting levels of the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
Anyone who owns a cat or dog can attest to the beauty of their unconditional love, and animals often forge a special connection with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
While companionship is an obvious benefit, a well-timed pet visit may also help with anxiety and depression.*
Nine months on and Rosie is now very settled at Parkview and is often seen running off to her favourite resident’s rooms upon her arrival in the morning.
Not only has Rosie become a loyal friend to many residents but she is also a great form of exercise for residents and staff as she needs daily walks. Some residents who haven’t been so keen to leave the home before are now seen walking with Rosie and staff to the local park in Bexleyheath.
Like all the pets at the home Rosie has become part of everyday life at Parkview and takes parts in the many games and activities throughout the week. She also likes a day trip out on the minibus!
*Research taken from Alzheimers.net
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