How do wellbeing dogs help in aged care?
For many aged care residents, moving into assisted living can be a confronting and lonely time. Having a wellbeing dog in the nursing home can add an instant homely feeling.
Having a dog in a nursing home can help:
Calm unsettled residents
Many elderly residents, particularly those with dementia, can become agitated and anxious throughout the day. Even just patting a dog for a few minutes can lower the heart rate and help people relax. The presence of a wellbeing dog in dementia care can calm and distract aged care residents.
Increase social connection
Residents who struggle with loneliness love the social connection of having a dog in their aged care facility. Dogs provide unconditional love and can allow aged care residents to give and receive affection. It’s not just the connection with the wellbeing dog but its presence can also help forge deeper connections with carers, visitors and other aged care residents.
Improve staff mental health and wellbeing
The benefits aren’t just for the aged care residents. We have also seen great benefits for aged care staff. We can focus on staff mental health and train staff to become facilitators within their organisation.