At Westerton, caring for our residents is not just about providing personal care and medical care. It's also about tending to their emotional and psychological well-being. A heartwarming way to achieve this is through pet therapy, also known as animal-assisted therapy (AAT). In care homes, this unique form of therapy has proven to be a source of comfort, companionship and joy for residents.
The activity of pet therapy has gained popularity in recent years, it's not difficult to understand why. The presence of animals has an uncanny ability to transform a care home environment, nurturing the hearts and minds of residents in extraordinary ways.
Tilly visited residents throughout the home enjoying being petted and cuddled by the residents. Visits took place within the communal areas and also within resident’s bedrooms.
The purpose of pet therapy is for residents to reminisce about a time when they may have had their own animals or pets. Enjoy the company of a Dog within the Unit. The residents reminisced about their pets and their names. The happiness to see and interact with Tilly was evident in the residents' faces.
We look forward to welcoming Tilly back soon as well as plenty of other animals large and small as this activity always goes down well with residents and boosts their mood instantly.