Sometimes the best people aren’t even people at all! Superstar and all-round favourite staff member, Buddy, has the lucky job of spreading joy and comfort to everyone he meets at SummitCare.
Accompanied by his colleague (owner) Corporate General Manager – Business Optimisation, Gary Cadwallender, Buddy does his rounds diligently, making sure each resident is greeted with a huge grin.
SummitCare Chief Operating Officer, Michelle Sloane says that animal and pet therapy programs have clinical benefits for residents, but are fun and enjoyable for everyone, staff, residents and visitors, to have around.
“Aged care centres, retirement villages and hospitals can benefit from regular visits from animals trained to offer support and companionship to people in an unfamiliar or stressful environment,” she says.
Animal therapy programs make a big difference in the world of aged care. During times of stress, sadness and change, animals bring a sense of calm and acceptance. Not only has it been proven to lower blood pressure and healing time, animal therapy also does wonders for mental health and wellbeing.
For people living with dementia, pet therapy can reduce common feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety and confusion. Regular visits from animals can assist in alleviating some of the anger, frustration and helplessness experienced by people with dementia.