The best medicine for some medical or mental health issues isn’t just medicine at all… it’s pet therapy (also known as animal-assisted therapy) in the form of a wet nose or a warm snuggle to brighten a resident’s day.
Studies show that simply the nature of some animals make them instinctive healers for humans, providing unconditional love, emotional presence, and true companionship.
We’ve also seen first-hand the positive impact the friendship with a furry friend can have on our residents. Pet therapy has been known to boost well-being and help improve health issues, including high blood pressure and anxiety.
The benefits of pet therapy for seniors are abundant and may include:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."