5 ways in which care home residents can benefit from animal companionship

Being around animals can be very therapeutic for elderly people, especially those living with dementia. Spending time with animals can bring joy, comfort, and a sense of purpose. The benefits of animal companionship for residents of care homes and individuals living with dementia are numerous and profound. 

At The Beeches, we have two lovely pet pygmy goats who live in our garden. Our residents spend a lot of time outside feeding and petting them. Going outside to meet the goats increases physical activity, companionship and a sense of community within our residents.

Here are a few ways in which care home residents can benefit from animal companionship:

  • Reducing feelings of anxiety and stress

Spending time with our furry friends can have a calming effect and help with reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. It is also known to lower blood pressure and decrease heart rate, making one feel relaxed and at ease.

 

  • Improved physical wellbeing 

Being around animals can inspire physical activity such as walking or playing which helps promote better physical health. For care home residents, animals motivate them to participate in more activities and daily routines.

 

  • Sense of purpose

Engaging in such activities and routines, boosts self-esteem, maintains cognitive abilities and instils a sense of purpose within care home residents. Additionally, taking care of a pet gives them a sense of responsibility and give residents something to look forward to.

 

  • Emotional support and companionship

Having animals around can offer companionship, comfort, and also emotional support to care home residents. The bond formed with animals can help reduce loneliness and give them a sense of belonging.

 

  • Better social interaction

Being around pets can encourage better social interaction and communication amongst its people. Animals also foster a lovely community spirit amongst the residents of the home.

 

Animals have a unique way of brightening lives and enhancing overall well-being. Whether it’s interacting with a furry friend or simply observing their gentle presence, it is always a joyful experience.

The Alzheimer’s Society also advices animal companionship in dementia care. Read more about it here.

At The Beeches, we all love animals and they are always welcome in our home.

For more information about our home, please call us on 01359 230773 or drop by for a cuppa!

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