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31 July 2019

Man’s best friend

For Arcare Surrey Hills client, Jose Perez, a visit from Kobe the dog, is the highlight of his week. 

“It’s amazing to watch the two of them together” , says lifestyle coordinator and Kobe’s owner, Monique Flavell.

“They’ve formed this beautiful bond, and when I bring Kobe into work, Jose is the first person he looks for.  You should see him when he hears Jose’s voice! The body language says it all!  The residents’ faces light up with a smile and Kobe’s whole body starts to wag!  He passes his day at work riding around on Jose’s walking frame, watching TV from someone’s lap, getting spoilt with treats, visiting socially isolated residents in their rooms, and basically bringing joy to everyone!  Kobe even helped Bernice sort out the Bingo cards.”

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.

For Jose, these visits provide a sense of purpose and fulfilment, and also encourages him to head outside for a walk or two!  As Jose says, “A dog is a man’s best friend.”

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