McKenzie Aged Care Pet Therapy

Posted by McKenzie | 17 May 2019

We have all felt the instant happiness when being greeted by our furry friends. Pets not only offer companionship but they have the ability to boost mental health and well-being.

For the elderly, studies show that interacting with animals reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and can ease loneliness. Having regular social contact with animals provides a feeling of comfort, joy and can spark happy memories.

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals that provide these benefits for elderly residents. McKenzie regularly have visiting farm animals like horses and chickens and recently trialled PARO, a robotic baby harp seal with lifelike features that responds to movement, touch and speech. 

For those living with dementia, it may mean experiencing some behavioural problems, mostly inability to deal with stress, the company of a pet can reduce overall stress but also help in calming a person down. For those residents with communication struggles, having an animal that senses emotions and also shows their own emotion, through body language, can be highly soothing.

At McKenzie, we offer Pet Therapy across all of our homes and develop an individualised care plan for each resident in conjunction with family and carers. Together with our Lifestyle Team we want to ensure you’re getting the best out of life in our communities