A furry friend wandered into our 5-star aged care community, Arcare Sydenham in July.
Great Dane, Orion visits on a regular basis with his owner for pet therapy sessions with the clients. Orion visits are undoubtedly the highlight of the week for many clients.
Lifestyle coordinator, Jennifer said, “The clients love having a pat and cuddle with Orion. There is something special about him, that provides an overwhelming sense of comfort and relaxation to our clients.”
Unfortunately many have to leave behind their pets, when they move into an aged care residence, however it is important that they continue to engage with animals.
Pet Therapy has been proven to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of social isolation, and increase confidence and self-esteem among many other things.
“I can’t wait to Orion’s next visit!” One client said.