For the elderly, especially those that live alone or in group facilities, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity and help them learn. Research shows that pets can also play a large role in reducing depression and lessen loneliness.
We promote an active lifestyle for our residents, with a range of activities designed for physical and mental wellbeing including our social group activities. Recently, we had a visit from some extremely attentive and loving dogs from PAT (Pets as Therapy) Dogs and Cats. As you can see, our residents were particularly taken with them, and the PAT dogs seem rather taken with our residents too!