Many of our Regency residents have pets to add an extra bit of furry friendship to their daily life with us. Pet therapy takes this companionship and converts it into healthcare. Pet therapy leads with the goal of improving health and well-being through the human-animal bond.
What is pet therapy?
The companionship of a pet can be an invaluable tool that brings purpose and engagement for all people, especially residents. Spending time with a pet is a meaningful way to combat loneliness and isolation with comfort and companionship. This reduces stress and promotes overall health and wellness. Anyone who has watched TV with a lapdog or cuddled with a purring cat knows that animals have a powerful calming effect.
How does pet therapy work?
Not just any dog or cat can be a true therapy companion though, there’s specific training to ensure that both the animal and the resident are completely safe. Therapy dogs have to be extremely calm, friendly and affectionate to strangers. They are trained in basic commands and need to be flexible enough to adapt to new noises, places, smells, food and equipment. Most therapy dog organizations also require that dogs be healthy and well-groomed, with regular health and wellness check-ups.
What are the benefits of Pet Therapy?
Just as our wellness events at Regency Assisted Living are beneficial to our resident health, so too are pet therapy-certified animals. Physical benefits can be things as measurable as lower blood pressure, increased mobility and more. The physical act of petting, holding, bending over, and picking up a therapy animal increases strength, mobility and range of motion. The emotional benefits start with a feeling of companionship and reduced isolation.
Pet Therapy at Regency
Smaller pets are welcome here at Regency. Residents can benefit from moving in with their current owned pets and living with them in our community. In fact, those animal residents become part of our family and are known to all throughout the community! Some of our communities even have scheduled events with pet therapy animals, be sure to check the activity calendar for upcoming visits! Families are encouraged to bring (approved) family pets in for visits. Please check with the administrator before you do!