The Benefits of Animal Therapy

As care specialists, The Beeches Residential Home know how much of a positive effect animal therapy can have on those living with dementia. That’s why we’ve welcomed a whole menagerie of animals into our Suffolk home, along with hosting regular visits from Petal, the Pets as Therapy Dog.

We are the proud residence for two lovely goats: Jack and Jill. Many of our residents have found them to be a beneficial source of companionship and enjoyment, helping them to enjoy their time in the home’s calming outdoor space.

The Beeches Residential Home also houses an aviary full of colourful birds and a tank of tropical fish.

All of our animals are part of our fantastic pet therapy programme that enhances the lives of our residents, as well as bringing a smile to our guest’s faces.

But what benefits can our furry companions provide our residents?

Animal therapy improves mood

Multiple studies have found that being around animals can improve moods and reduce the risk of developing depression.

Other studies have found that dogs in particular can support in decreasing the feelings of anxiety and sadness as well as increasing physical activity. A calming effect and noticeably lower blood pressure levels have also been observed in nursing homes.

Decrease behavioural problems

Resident animals also boast a lot of benefits for those living in homes. One study has found that having a dog living in a home led to reduced levels of challenging behaviour. Pets have also been found to significantly reduce agitation and aggression.

Increased social and physical activity

Animal-assisted therapy also correlated highly with an increase in social interaction between residents of a care home. But not only that, being around animals encourages residents to take part in more physical activity. This benefits not only their mental wellbeing but their fitness too.

Want to discover more about how our care (and animals!) could benefit you or a loved one? Get in contact with a member of the team. Leave a message via our contact form or give us a call on 01359 230773.

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