Hippity hop into Monday as the wonderful residents at Cranswick Lodge Care Home had a heartwarming visit from furry new friends!
Activity Coordinator Katie brought her bunnies for a visit, and it was smiles all around as our residents enjoyed some cuddles and shared heartwarming stories about their own pets, both from childhood and later in life.
The benefits of such visits extend beyond mere joy. Pets are a fantastic source of companionship, often alleviating feelings of agitation and isolation. Did you know that animal therapy can significantly improve mood? Studies show that being around animals can reduce the risk of developing depression and elevate overall well-being.
Moreover, animals are regarded as therapeutic companions. Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, is a recommended treatment by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) for individuals with various types and severities of dementia, particularly for those experiencing agitation.
The consensus among our residents was unanimous – this visit was incredibly uplifting, especially with the heartwarming cuddles!