Residents at a Worcester based nursing home have made friends with a curly haired Bedlington Terrier following weekly visits from Pets as Therapy.
Rosie the therapy dog bounces into Severn Heights nursing home in Callow End each week with her helper Antonia to provide comfort and companionship to all that live there.
Pets as Therapy (PAT) is a national charity which aims to enhance the health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed pets.
Susan Jones, Nursing Home Manager, commented: “Our residents faces light up each time that Rosie comes through the door and they always express how grateful they are to Antonia when she comes in.
“We’ve noticed a real difference in the way that our residents interact. For some it’s given them a feeling of responsibility towards Rosie and they relax when they’re around her. Dogs have a particular talent for engaging individuals and Rosie is a master at bringing a smile to everyone’s face.”
Animal therapy has been shown to help elderly people with a range of physical and mental conditions to increase enjoyment and engage in games with both the animal and other people. Animals have also been shown to improve cognitive functioning, balance emotional concerns and increase feelings of happiness amongst the elderly.
PAT volunteers visit hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues with their beloved animals.
Severn Heights, located in The Old Hills, is a family-run home, providing nursing and respite care. Residents are encouraged to maintain an independent life and are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities and events as part of their weekly health and well-being programme.
To find out more about Severn Heights, or if you would like a viewing of the home, please contact 01905 831199/020 8422 1508 (Head Office) or visit www.ablegrange.co.uk/severn-heights.